Em, I could really relate to this. It takes one to know one and it's often easy to recognise another who has been through something similar - like a peculiar and unwanted kinship.
Nominated :-) x
So hard-hitting in its honesty. I was JUST having this conversation, about wanting to be really heard that when I say "I'm fine", it's usually me trying to put up a wall. I know others can't be mind-readers, and we try and try to convince ourselves that we don't need to let others know or don't need their support, but you're right. Those who have seen and been at rock bottom know better.
Sometimes we need to be heard through every "I'm okay" or "don't worry about me", when really, our heart is screaming out.