Chris's Story

I was born the younger of two children, in late August, 1975 at the Moncton Hospital. I grew up on the outskirts of Moncton in a little village of Lakeside, where I lived until I was twelve years old

When I was in Junior High, I started getting into sports. Wrestling was my main sport , and in Grade 9, I won the Atlantic Wrestling championship. In the 11th grade I went to the nationals in wrestling.

However, in Grade 12 my home life went off track and I had to leave school to find work.

I was 22 when I was diagnosed with depression and I was told that I most likely had it for years. So I started on my journey of learning how to manage my depression. It has been difficult, but I have managed. When I look back on my life I am amazed at how it affected so many of my decisions and how even now people don’t understand the consequences this condition has on a person.

When I was 31, I was fortunate enough to meet an amazing woman that made me realise I wanted more! I found a job making good money and great benefits. In December 2013, I had an accident at work that changed my life. I slipped and fell at work and my lower back was completely gone for a few months. I was on three different pain medications and went to physiotherapy 5 days a week for over a year. Now, because of the accident, I was unable to do any manual labour and lost my job.

I was at a point in my life where I didn’t know what to do next. I went on medical EI and one of my friends told me about a program that would let me go back to school and get my Grade 12 by taking the GED course. I started the Open Door’s program in May 2015 and with the help of my teacher and all the resources available to me, I have passed 4 out of 5 exams and am writing—successfully, I hope—my last exam in a week. It has been an educational and enjoyable experience. I would recommend the Open Door’s program to anyone, no matter what your age or experience has been.

I am now, after 6 months, enrolled into college and thanks to the great people at Open Doors my future looks great!