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When Mental and Chronic Illness Collide

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Mental Illness

To the Spoonie Who Doesn’t Think They Deserve Love

The last two nights, I’ve had dreams about my partner cheating on me. I wake up in the morning with a giant pit in my stomach, the kind that comes from a dream that just literally makes you sick. And... Continue Reading →

6 Ways to Help Out the Spoonie

Having a mental illness or a chronic illness changes a lot about life. It affects our lives in so many ways. Too often the people in our lives don’t know how to take care of us. When someone you know... Continue Reading →

How to Help A Loved One with Mental or Chronic Illness

Recently, I was talking with another spoonie.  She was talking about the stigmatization she faces not only from the world but from her own family regarding her mental health diagnosis.  Her family keeps telling her ‘just be stronger,’ ‘just get it... Continue Reading →

When it’s time to get professional help

People think of the psychiatric ward of the hospital as a terrible place. They think of it as a prison, a place only the worst people go. Behind locked doors and with no shoelaces, the crazies roam. But that’s so... Continue Reading →

Just Waiting

It’s funny, if you think about it. The way that people perceive persons with disabilities. We are all lying around on the couch or in bed, munching on our favorite chip, going out for pedicures and coffee with the girls... Continue Reading →

There is No Shame in Needing Medication to Manage Mental Illness

I am a high-functioning person living with mental illness, but this doesn’t mean I’m totally asymptomatic.One of the things I struggle most with is impulse control. I have horrible impulse control. When I want it, I want it now. I... Continue Reading →

I am me.

Strong.  Courageous.  Brave.  Inspirational. People actually use these words to describe me, and every time they do, it blows my mind. Me? I don't think so. What is so brave about writing?  What is so courageous about sharing my story?... Continue Reading →

Zebra Unicorns in the ER

  As unpredictable as my illnesses can be, there is one pattern I consistently follow. It repeats about every three months. The first thing to happen is I notice a sharp uptick in my pain levels. My joints hurt more.... Continue Reading →

Living and Learning Through the Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Each day I say that prayer.  Sometimes I repeat it over and over... Continue Reading →

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