The idea for Tomorrow: The Marc Guerette Foundation for Treatment Resistant Depression and Suicide Prevention began when our son Marc was first diagnosed with chemical depression at the age of ten. The ultimate push to create the foundation came when Marc committed suicide in 2009 after struggling with his disease of chronic depression for 27 years.
Seeing our child with the huge grin suddenly curled in a ball on his bed, crying and unable to function, was devastating. When he was diagnosed as clinically depressed, the dynamic of our family changed forever. There was not a day without worry, anxiety, and a hope for a permanent cure.
Chronic depression is a relentless and insidious disease. But our son’s struggle with chronic depression gave us one gift: it made us aware of the resilience of the human spirit. While our hearts ached for him, we were also filled with love and pride at his determination and accomplishments.
To my husband and me, Marc was a hero. He never lost his thirst for learning, participating or his sense of humor. We were warned not to be surprised if he dropped out of school or lost friends due to his depression. Neither happened. His friends were devoted and remain so even today. He graduated from high school and college with honors and went on to graduate from law school. He was an athlete, a ski patroller, and a lawyer. He loved the outdoor life of Colorado and being with his friends. Marc and his brother, Nathan, had a very close relationship and enjoyed each other’s company from their earliest days.
Throughout his life, Marc was willing to try any treatment and/or medication as long as it offered hope of improvement. Even in his darkest times he remained good company, but when we could again glimpse the “real” Marc, there was a true resurgence of hope and exhilaration. Sadly and tragically, after 27 years,
he lost hope.
We established this foundation because we want answers and new insights into this disease. We want more knowledge about this pernicious illness that harms and often destroys the lives of its victims and their families. We want treatments that bring positive and powerful results. We want to help those who are afflicted to achieve an improved quality of life. We want to give them reasons to hope for a better tomorrow.