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DAISY

My Happy Pill

At the age of 12, I was diagnosed with depression. By the time I turned 14, I began to suffer from anxiety attacks and self harm. Everyday was an emotional battle.

That is, until I met this girl in the summer of 2011 when I was 19.

I gave this girl some love and a home, and she gave me so much more in return. Even 'til this day, I feel that I don't deserve half of what Daisy have given me.

Daisy gave me courage, strength, hope, trust, and her unconditional love- all of which were qualities I was missing throughout my life.

Daisy gave me a reason to smile everyday.

Every time I had an urge to self harm, I saw Daisy's face and stopped myself. Although the scars remain, I'm proud to know that I haven't seen a fresh scar on my wrist for 2 years.

I am now 22, and no longer suffer from depression. Daisy was the best medication that no doctor could have prescribed.

I originally posted this story on Steller to share my experience with depression and how a dog has helped me greatly along the way. After learning about the #hardway project, I was inspired to include my darkest, shameful secret about self harm. I hope that people can relate to my experience and learn that a treatment for depression can be found in the most unexpected ways.

  • marenvestli

    Omg cutest thing ever

  • 1karlien

    Wow! πŸ’• Beautiful story of you both. Check out my steller about Chenin. You'll like it!😊🐺

  • orangegirl

    Thank you dearly for sharing your story so openly! It is so moving. I love Daisy's smile and your photographs of her exude so much love πŸ’›

  • tweed_telegraph

    So Wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story.

  • mothsandmagpies

    Such a wonderful story! Sending big cyber-hugs and puppycuddles from Sweden <3

  • fleurishing

    ok now I'm crying...I lost my furry baby billy in January after 14 years, and he gave me so much that I felt unworthy at times. so sweet-I'm happy you treasure it.

  • JenY

    ❀️❀️❀️

  • cimek

    πŸ’™! beautiful story! totally touched me! πŸ™

  • dakota

    She's so cute! This was so sweet ☺️

  • fifty5one4

    Love it!

  • lacebark

    Very touching. Love to you and Daisy for the story πŸ’™

  • goofyfootfoods

    What a sweet story. Thank you!

  • yellowillow

    Your story! It's awesome! You're awesome!!

  • itsshaay

    Daisy is so beautiful and that's an amazing story!

  • billyklam

    What's the brand on those wheels?

  • LocalAppetite

    love this so much.

  • WildFox

    This is beautiful

  • jaywilder

    Can't say enough...thank you for sharing your story.

  • underbiteunite

    @jaywilder Thank YOU, Jay for creating a platform to allow us to share our story 😊

  • brajohn1

    What a gift Daisy is! Thank you for sharing this and showing the power that the love of an animal can have in our lives.

  • mombo

    Wow an amazing story. Thnx so much for sharing

  • Matisyahu

    I love dogs. They can be really healing. When I came home from phish tour when I was 17 I felt I couldn't relate to my life at home. The one thing I felt good about was the fact that I had this insane dog who was never taken on walks cause he would run away. I started taking him out of the city into a more natural environment and letting him run. And he would never run away from me after that even if I was walking down a city block he would stay by my side. Charlie. Damn I'm getting emotional.

  • Matisyahu

    I loved the freakin dog!

  • upinthemts

    Hi Sheena and Daisy, Dogs definitely hit that soft spot over here. Daisy is a true symbol of hope, courage, love and reminder to not take oneself too seriously. In your other Daisy stories you have videos of her hopping back and forth! What a surprise at how well she gets around. It’s impossible to not laugh at her and I especially love how you point out that she is making you more of an extrovert. The way you decorate her and bring out her expressions in your photographs is so amazing.

  • heidihoweth

    Thank you for sharing your courage. Such a beautiful story.

  • preFABsd

    Beautiful God bless you and that precious pup!

  • underbiteunite

    @Matisyahu Thank you so much for reading my story and sharing your sweet story with us. Charlie was so lucky to have you❀️ I'm so happy to know that you are a dog lover who has had a special relationship with them. I love your project and I'm so honored to be a part of it. I'm looking forward to reading more of your stories!

  • underbiteunite

    @preFABsd Thank you so much for taking the time to read our story!

  • preFABsd

    @underbiteunite it's a wonderful story and reminds me of the pup we adopted and who brings so much to my mom who has suffered a series of strokes our little guy was rescued by a dear friend by the San Diego airport after the poor guy had been hit by a car

  • LaNixa

    amazing had me in tears!!! congrats!

  • wiccat

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. That was a very very brave thing πŸ’œπŸ‘πŸ’œ. Keep on going that path with beautiful and lovely Daisy 🐢🌸

  • penny4words

    Your openness & bravery is so inspiring. Daisy made you see the light in life and you are sharing that same light to many. Keep winning and shining. Life's battles are simply made to be won.❀️

  • nandoism

    Thank you for sharing. Please give Daisy several kisses and hugs. And a huge hug from New York to you!

  • underbiteunite

    @cmbjourn Thank you very much for your beautiful words. You are so kind and your comment made me tear up! I will continue to share my stories in hopes of raising awareness for special needs dogs 😊

  • underbiteunite

    @nandoism Thank you very much for taking the time to read my story. I will make sure to give Daisy extra hugs and kisses tonight! Sending a hug back from California!

  • fleonora

    One of the best steller posts. I became a HUGE fan of you and Daisy πŸ‘†πŸ™‹πŸΆ

  • Puppiesrule

    So sweet i cried through this it was just so lovely and touching and words cannot describe the joy i feel for both of you @underbiteunite

  • verdderfan

    Aww :( ...πŸ’žπŸ’•

  • fuzzymay

    Thank you for sharing your story. So courageous and inspiring. ❀️ to you and Daisy!

  • SalomeAlexandra

    This is such an adorable and powerful story. I gave up my own dog to my brother when u saw how much he enjoyed being outside with him. My brother almost never goes outside. Pets can be amazing healers! I hope you an Daisy enjoy a long and beautiful life helping each other. :)

  • madmaxiau

    Omg I have had depression all my life I adore Daisy give her a huge pat and kiss for me and a hug for u too keep on going mate their r good days ahead I promise βœŒοΈβ€οΈπŸ’‹πŸ˜Š

  • classichound

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing! Dogs are powerful healers 🐾❀️🐾

  • Duke

    so cute!!! how'd you get this story featured again?!

  • Wolfheart

    I love it so much and though most of the story I thought the dog was telling the story wait was she

  • Wolfheart

    I'm confused

  • Becks7899

    You are a blessing to others. While sharing your story you give hope and courage to others. Keep it moving forward and God Bless you and Daisy

  • pmd

    love Daisy! #stellersmile

  • gryhoundpoet

    I empathize with your battles of depression. I, too, have struggled with self-loathing for most of my life. I am helped by animals too. They have been with me in my darkest hours. Bless you as you traverse this life.

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