Featured Story

 

Jeremy Gottzmann 

I woke up in a daze. There wasn’t a clock in the room. Just a security camera at the center of the ceiling, a dresser with a few shelves filled with nurse pants and shirts. My “roommate” was snoring away in the bed next to me, as I thought to myself “I came here to get some rest”.

 


 

Maria Godfrey

 

This was when I started to doubt why I was trying so hard to return to play, and whether or not it was really worth it. I started having a hard time getting out of bed. I stopped going to classes. I stopped going to the gym. I just seemed to stop caring about a lot of things that I used to hold close to my heart.

 


Ainslee Kent

 

During the training camp of my fourth year the results came in and I found out that I had a labral tear. I was told that the injury likely wouldn’t get much worse if I decided to play, but I was worried with a new coach that it could affect my standing on the team. It was the most frustrating year of my career constantly having to compete with my own body.

 


Logan Seaman

 

Once I steadied myself from the dizziness, I sunk to the floor and wept – not from the pain, but from the incredible feeling of weakness, fragility, and helplessness. I remember thinking that for the first time I truly understood the feeling of despair. It was clear to me in that moment that my life was no longer something I had control over, but instead it was just a series of things that happened to me.

 


Taylor Piovesan

 

My personal life was up in the air, and my only release to my anxiety (playing soccer) was something I could not do. On the outside I was doing all right, but on the inside I was not. I began partying and not caring about anything. My grades were slipping and I was becoming a shell of the person I used to be.

 


Anonymous

 

I have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression, and five years after my initial diagnosis I finally decided to try medication. I have always played sports competitively, since primary school, I have played sports 12 months a year and I have been selected to the provincial level and tried out at the national level.

 


Julianne Bruce

 

But here I am, in my fourth year of university, and I feel like I’m lost, like I’m starting all over again. The first few months without hockey were the hardest. My emotions were constantly up and down, I would often get angry and worked up, and I dealt with depression-like symptoms.

 


Heather Riach

 

What no one realized was that although she could make other people happy, she was not happy in her own mind. The day I had to become an adult was the first time I had to dial 911. She locked herself in her room and began to hurt herself while my mom was outside of her door begging her to stop.

 


Shannon Nix

 

For many months I woke up, cried and then proceeded to put a smile on my face and act like I was capable of dealing with the planet-sized curveball that was thrown my way. And looking back now, I see how wrong I was for trying to convince myself that nothing had changed inside of me.

 


Michael Calof

 

I eventually grew so emotionally distant from everyone around me that I felt alone and locked-out of the world as if everyone was against me. I slipped into such a feeling of isolation I couldn’t feel any emotions other than being perpetually frustrated and angry yet I denied any access because I thought everyone was out to get me as if there was a conspiracy.

 


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