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Giving Up This Life Dolly Parton Says A "Spiritual Messenger From God" Saved Her From Giving Up This Life In Her 30s

Date December 13, 2018

The eminent Dolly Parton strikes everyone as an optimistic, life-loving, and vibrant person. But behind even the happiest of smiles, there's always a hint of darkness, and the legendary singer is no exception.

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Parton opened up about her struggles with depression and a surprising thing that saved her from doing the irreversible. 

Dolly on the edge

In the early 1980s, Parton was going through a rough period in her life. The famous musician was suffering from binge eating, which caused her to gain 50 pounds.

Her health was getting worse and she was stricken with abdominal bleeding at one point. Devastated and exhausted from her condition, Parton had to cancel her concerts, for which she received multiple death threats from angry fans.

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It seemed that the world was against her, and so she got desperate. Dolly said in her new book titled Dolly on Dolly, Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton that she was prepared to commit suicide, but you will never guess what stopped her:

I was sitting upstairs in my bedroom one afternoon when I noticed in the nightstand drawer my gun that I keep for burglars. I looked at it a long time... Then, just as I picked it up, just to hold it and look at it for a moment, our little dog, Popeye, came running up the stairs.

Dolly and her husband's dog, Popeye, became her savior and snapped her out of the dark place:

The tap-tap-tap of his paws jolted me back to reality I suddenly froze. I put the gun down. Then I prayed. I kinda believe Popeye was a spiritual messenger from God.

Luckily, Parton had her husband, Carl, to provide support for her, which he has been doing for over 50 years now.

Signs your loved one might be suicidal

Look out for your close friends and family and talk to them if you notice the following behavior:

  1. Constant depression.
  2. Loss of appetite and weight changes.
  3. Withdrawal from family and friends.
  4. Fatigue and indecisiveness.
  5. Feelings of worthlessness and guilt.

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Never ignore these signs and rush to your loved ones help.

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