“That’s my son. He’s two,” she says, beaming with pride.
Tucker is on maternity leave from her teaching career. But at a time that should be among the happiest in her life, she’s overcome with the sadness that comes with having the person she loves sunk deep into depression.
As the baby begins squirming, Tucker fights back tears as she recounts her frustration at not being able to get the proper care and treatment for her husband.
They’ve been married 18 years and he has struggled with depression and anxiety for most of his life.
It came to a breaking point this time last year.
“It was very difficult. I was pregnant and he got sicker. Harris told me he couldn’t live like this anymore, but that he didn’t want to die,” she said, wiping tears from her eyes.
“It’s like constantly feeling impending doom,” she said of her 49-year-old husband’s mental health.
“It’s like a death, but the person is still breathing. Like you’re grieving the living and it is an illness people can’t see. And…