It’s been nearly two years since tennis champion Jelena Dokic released her tell-all biography, detailing a life of abuse at the hand of her domineering dad.
Speaking openly about her history with depression and thoughts of self-harm, Jelena climbed herself out of a dark hole and into the light.
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“Writing the book was difficult, and it took a bit of time,” Dokic said.
“But it was something that I really wanted to do. It was just a matter of when I was going to be ready.
“The day the book came out was the greatest day of my life, because it helped me clear up a lot of things and get the important issues out there, about the abuse and domestic violence and mental health.
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“I battled depression and almost committed suicide – so to be able to talk about that and get so much support and help so many people, it’s been incredible.
“I said at the end of the book that if it can help one person, then it’s mission accomplished – but it’s done so much more than that.”
Jelena’s body transformation
These days, she’s on a new journey of health and happiness, showing that change starts from the inside out.
“It’s been a little over 12 months since I joined Jenny Craig, and it’s been great to get on the program and get in shape,” Dokic said.
“It kind of started with my book as well – I felt like this was the last thing that was missing, and I really wanted to change that.
“But it’s so much more than just the kilos. I had been unhappy and unhealthy for more than six or seven years since I retired, really, so to be fit and be able to do stuff has been really great.
“And to be back out on the court hitting balls again is great.”