As Robs wife I feel that it is important for me to write a blog post and tell you just how incredible Rob has been! Even since starting the blog back in April he has continued to go from strength to strength. He has faced his fears head on and hasn’t looked back. As the closest person to him I know how difficult it has been for him to come through such a debilitating illness and I think it is so inspirational that he is now focusing on helping others in the same situation. To be so open and honest about his struggles has taken so much bravery, especially after he fought so long to keep them a secret. I know that it has helped Rob to talk about what he has been through and I hope that this blog encourages others to do the same because there certainly is no shame in mental illness.
When I look back to when Rob was at his lowest point I can now see that he was a shadow of his former self. He has always been so enthusiastic about life and has always loved to laugh and have fun. I am so happy that his love for life has now returned and the person I always knew was stuck inside him has finally come out! This was highlighted to me more than ever when we were on holiday in Tenerife. Previously, holidays had been so difficult for Rob. People with mental health related illnesses will know that change can be tough as routines and habits are what gets you through the day. Not only that, but whilst on holiday Rob would have a taste of what it was like to be away from the worries he had at home and then returning was always such a massive downer. This time, we went away and had such an amazing time because for the first time in as long as we can remember Rob was completely care free and relaxed. In fact, he was better than ever! To see him so happy and having so much fun has given me so much joy. I think he even surprised himself and it has given him a massive boost to know that change no longer throws him.
I just want him to know that his efforts and determination to over come his biggest fears have not gone unnoticed. I may not say it or show all of the time but I couldn’t be any more proud of what he has achieved and what he continues to achieve every day. I think what he is doing in order to raise money for OTR is phenomenal. It’s not going to be an easy journey but I know that he can do it and I will be supporting him every step of the way. He has always been my rock despite his struggles and I feel so proud and so lucky to have him as my husband! Robert Lippiatt – I love you with all of my heart!