A PARANOID mum was left suicidal after she got addicted to googling medical conditions.
Cherelle Farrugia, 26, spent up to nine hours a day looking up diagnoses — convinced she had life-threatening illnesses.
Cherelle Farrugia, 26, spent up to nine hours a day looking up diagnoses for life-threatening illnessesCredit: WNS
Her family intervened by confiscating her phone — but she got her fix via library computers instead.
Cherelle said: “I’d google every chance I could. I went from lymphoma, then breast cancer — I’ve gone through almost every cancer there is.”
She worked herself into such a frenzy, she suffered actual seizures and tried to take her own life.
The mum-of-two from Cardiff, says her worries were initially sparked after giving birth to her daughter Willow three years ago.
Cherelle worked herself into such a frenzy, she suffered actual seizures and tried to take her own lifeCredit: WNS
She said: “After I had Willow, my first child, I think about two weeks after I had her, I found a swollen lymph node in my groin. I decided to Google it, which is not something I’ve ever done before – in the past I would just ring the doctor. That was literally where I made my first fatal error.
“I remember that day I Googled for about six hours non-stop while I was breastfeeding, just reading, reading, reading and I convinced myself that I had lymphoma.
Cherelle credits counselling and mindfulness for helping her regain control and says she has “been good for about a year”.
YOU’RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support: