I think you are an amazingly brave woman to not only share your story but accept depression for what it is. As a therapist I come across so many people who see depression or other mental illnesses as a stigmatizing death sentence, they try to run from it or ignore it which in turn only makes it worse. You provided a true and very realistic view of what mental illness can do and how it is possible to grow in spite of it.
Thank you again for sharing your story and I’d love to share my own with you at some point. You are one amazing person and many should see you as a success story!