When Mental and Chronic Illness Collide

A Spoonie's Journey


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 →


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 →

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 →

Making Amends

Last night, someone from my past contacted me to make amends.  It was a very random message, as he even admitted it was completely out of left field.  He claimed to have been mean to me, but that must have... Continue Reading →

The Difference Between Giving In and Giving Up

As you may be able to tell from my lack of writing lately and some of my posts, things have been hard.  This is an article I wrote a few months ago, when things were going well.  My hubby suggested... Continue Reading →

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