My Illness & My Faith- Part IV

I love words. I do. I love reading them, writing them… I LOVE learning new ones. I even have a board on Pinterest dedicated to words believe it or not. I enjoy learning in general and words feed right into that obsession. As of late various scripture readings have stuck out to me. Two passages... Continue Reading →

Your Fight, Battle Scars

Battle scars are the hardest part to explain of a mental illness. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some fade into mere nothings while others remain part of you as a constant reminder. What’s worse? They come internally as well as for the whole world to see. I have both. I have had all... Continue Reading →

Our Own Brand of Therapy

So… to start… The definition of therapy is: treatment intended to relieve or heal [a disorder]. The “Disorder” part can be scrapped for all I care in that definition. Everyone can use therapy of some sort. Therapy with an actual therapist isn't for everyone; and for others it's the perfect remedy. I fought it for... Continue Reading →

People! What We Need from You

People. We need different things from them. At least I know I do. There's the expectations. Let's start with those: There are the ones that people expect us to need from them AND the ones WE expect we are going to need from certain people. Family, for example, people would assume you need something specific... Continue Reading →

The Known is the Unknown

After going through your years before a diagnosis and those after it, you would think you'd have the whole thing down to a science of sorts. Before a diagnosis you don't know what's going on, but after the diagnosis you can look back and say to yourself, "Oh! So that's what it was." AFTER you... Continue Reading →

Being an Aunt with a Mental Illness

Being an aunt is the best thing in the world. It is the most important job I have. I take being one VERY seriously. And being the favorite aunt… even more seriously. Kidding. Maybe. I adore my nieces and nephews. I've even had to do an art therapy assignment on “Being an Aunt” for my... Continue Reading →

The War Room

The War Room My church has what we call The War Room. It is a place of prayer and solace. A place to take your troubles and triumphs to God. The first Wednesday I came to church during my latest mental health struggle I sat in the sanctuary. Last week I had to come on... Continue Reading →

Your Mental Health Team 

Okay, so everyone has doctors. At least one. Whether you see them simply for a yearly checkup or or several times a year- everyone has them. Your mental health team can consist of a therapist, psychiatrist, general practitioner, or some combo of the three. Mine consists of a psychiatrist and a therapist. There are a... Continue Reading →

My Illness & My Faith- Part III

July 3, 2017 My Illness & My Faith- Part III I’ve been manic for what seems like forever. June 13th is the visit with my therapist when she noticed something was significantly wrong because of a page in my art journal. I am SO thankful that I have someone that pays that kind of attention.... Continue Reading →

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