Mar 16, 2014
It is now six months since I stopped my Effexor. I have a few ups and downs, which is expected, but I am feeling really well now. I am very active and going out a lot. I walk nearly every day and love being in the fresh air. Weather warming up in the UK so loving to hear the birds singing and seeing the spring flowers blooming.
I am 73 years old, and do get aches and pains with my arthritis, but it will not stop me from my activities. When I look back to how depressed I was, I cannot believe it. That is past, and I try so hard to look forward. I have two really good friends who I see a lot, and a lovely family. I know I am loved and it means a great deal to me. If I can now drift along in my old age without any stress, I will be fine.
Recently I had a fall, not serious, but it shook me up. I did feel a bit anxious and low for a while after. Yesterday I had a great day out with a dear friend. We took three buses to a lovely little town on the coast. I love where I live on the south coast of England, and there are buses (which are free for older folk) to some beautiful places. I have also booked so coach trips out to flower show and a donkey sanctuary.
I got a bit stressed when my daughter put my name down for a TV quiz show and we auditioned. Not sure I could actually film the real show.
I consider myself so lucky that after over 20 years of being on anti depressants, and am completely drug free and enjoying life to the full.