“Almost jumped off my 26th-floor balcony” Jelena Dokic comes out with her battle with depression having nearly committed suicide

“Almost jumped off my 26th-floor balcony” Jelena Dokic comes out with her battle with depression having nearly committed suicide

Jelena Dokic

Former World no. 4 and winner of 6 titles on the Tour, Jelena Dokic emerged onto the scene when she defeated World No. 1 Martina Hingis in the first round with Jelena being a 16-year-old qualifier at the 1999 Wimbledon Championships. While Dokic did not win a Grand Slam title, she was a runner-up at the 2001 French Open doubles and to date remains the only qualifier ever to defeat a women’s World No. 1 player in Wimbledon.

Dokic had a tough childhood due to wars in Balkan and she had fled to Australia due to the constant wars in Yugoslavia. She had won the 1998 US Open girls title and the 1998 French Open girls doubles title and was looked to be a successful player as a Pro, but it did not materialise much. Dokic however held the distinction of winning titles on all surfaces with only 6 in her trophy cabinet.

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Jelena Dokic takes to Instagram to narrate her story

Jelena Dokic
Jelena Dokic

Jelena Dokic finally built the courage to talk about her battle with depression and how she almost ended her life a couple of months ago. She posted a photo of herself with teary eyes and narrated how she had been facing challenges for quite some time and how she tried to hide her emotions in public and kept everything within herself.

“28.04.2022-I almost jumped off my 26th-floor balcony and took my own life. Will never forget the day. Everything is blurry. Everything is dark. No tone, no picture, nothing makes sense, just tears, sadness, depression, anxiety and pain. The last six months have been tough.
It’s been constant crying everywhere. From hiding in the bathroom when at work to wipe away my tears so that nobody sees them to the unstoppable crying at home within my four walls has been unbearable.

“Constant feelings of sadness and pain are just not going away and my life has been shattered. I blame myself, I don’t think I am worthy of loving and I am scared. I also know that I still have so many things to be grateful for and then I start to hate myself because by feeling this way I feel like I am not grateful because I mustn’t be since I want to end it all. Such a vicious cycle in my head. The result: almost jumped off my 26th-floor balcony on April 28th. Will never forget the day, I just wanted the pain and the suffering to stop,” wrote Jelena.

Jelena Dokic urges to get professional help to others going through similar pain

Jelena Dokic
Jelena Dokic

Dokic also talked about how she saved herself by taking professional help and asked others also to get help if they find themselves in a position like her. The post apart from revealing the struggles of Dokic also spoke that life is precious and she hopes to recover from this and turn into a strong person.

“I pulled myself off the edge, don’t even know how I managed to do it. Getting professional help, saved my life. This is not easy to write but I have always been open, honest and vulnerable with you all and I deeply believe in the power of sharing our stories to help us get through things and to help each other. I am writing this because I know I am not the only one struggling. Just know that you are not alone.
I am not going to say that I am doing great now but I am definitely on the road to recovery.

“Some days are better than others and sometimes I take a step forward and then a step back but I’m fighting and I believe I can get through this. I believe in the following: it’s ok to feel what I am feeling. It’s ok to feel sad just keep fighting and come back. That’s what I am trying to do and that’s what keeps me going.

“Don’t be ashamed of what you are feeling. It’s ok to feel this way and you can come back from it. It’s possible,just keep believing. Love you all and here is to fighting and surviving to live and see another day. I will be back stronger than ever,” concluded the Australian in a very emotional post.

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