PIC found on Irish MirrorWhen we do sport, we feel free, we feel there is nothing bad in the world. But sometimes there is just nothing to take away the pain.
This week a much-loved Irish racehorse breeder, Lucy Stack took her own life. Just 28, she and her husband Fozzy Stack were well-known around the racing circuit, but it seems what the rest of us didn’t know is how much Lucy struggled with depression.
This is the letter she left, reproduced in many newspapers today having been read out at her funeral. We can only imagine the pain and loss felt by those who knew her well:
“To my great friends, thank you for the fun times, the laughing, dancing and giggles. I’ve been so blessed with the friends I’ve had. You’re a very special bunch and I need you to know that what has happened is no reflection of how you were as my friend.
No call could have changed this. No chats over wine.
Sadly, this is just my fate. I know it is selfish and cowardly but for me it is my only option. I can’t face this world any longer. I’m just not strong enough. Too much has happened.
One last request for you all – please be there for mum, Jesse, Nick and Fozzy. They need you now more than ever. Tell them stories of our time together. Make them laugh and please let my memory be one of happiness and laughter.
Do not remember me for the sadness and the way things ended. Think of the good times, I know I will. Please continue to be the close-knit gang that you are. I pray each and every one of you have a happy life. I’m glad I got to share some great days with you all.
Friends forever, Lucy”