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If you follow along with any of my social media profiles, or you have read my past HERd management columns, you might know 2019 was a difficult year for me. I have been battling mild anxiety and depression while managing our farm with my husband.

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I walked gingerly up to the table with my registration slip. The eight men sitting there turned toward me. They looked me up and down, making calculations. Rural poker sharks do not look like the Vegas typecast seen in movies.

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I don’t know about you, but I relish in the stillness of the early morning. It is quiet and peaceful. For a moment, our crazy, busy world is calm.

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The Garden of Eden before Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit was a place of paradise with everything there for the taking. Living in a state of bliss, they got along perfectly. No disagreements, no frustrations, no adversity.

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“My husband came in at lunch and told me the statistics on farmer suicide. He told me how hopeless he felt. I was scared to let him go back to the field.”

“I am always so angry. I yell at the kids and throw things in the milkhouse. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.”

“He asked for help. The nurses laughed at him. He cried and asked if I thought he was crazy.”

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