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The many mountains and valleys

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The many mountains and valleys

My mental wellness journey has been fraught with challenges that have brought my life to a halt at times. I believe that it all...

Mar 20, 2019

I was desperate

As a person of mixed ethnicity, growing up in a town that was almost completely white and going to a primary school where there was only one other person...

Mar 13, 2019

Panic over manic

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder about 35 years ago. I have been able to manage it with a small amount of medication and psychiatric support. I was very proud...

Mar 6, 2019

Raw and Open: Loneliness can literally break your heart

We all need human contact. Human beings are social creatures by nature and although isolation is...

Feb 28, 2019

Missing Mom

I love you, Mom, please tuck me in.  I miss you, Mom, the pain within. Your touch of love, is deeply missed. Your warmth & heart, too long the list. Your smile so...

Feb 27, 2019

Comfort in a lonely time

I write to share a recent experience which shows how strong the mental health stigma continues to be, even in a national medical...

Feb 20, 2019

Raw and Open: The Four Letter Word That Haunts Me

There is one four letter word that haunts me. It rattles around my head daily. It...

Feb 14, 2019

Not my first time at this rodeo

September 2018: Crying and in total despair, I struggled to walk to our local hospital with my 20-year-old daughter (who was on the...

Feb 13, 2019

Battling the demons everyday

There’s no hiding the fact that physically I’m very weak. Confined to a power wheelchair as a result of Muscular Dystrophy, there’s not...

Feb 6, 2019

Raw and Open: The SickNotWeak family

Compared to most people, I am relatively new (three to four years) to social media. I thought it was actually a bit pretentious,...

Jan 31, 2019

My triggers, my saviours

These are my triggers, but these are my saviours. We have Churchill to thank for his reminder that “attitude is a little thing...

Jan 30, 2019

The Diagnosis

In January of 2018, I was diagnosed with having the Bipolar 2 disorder for mental illness. To say my life has drastically changed since then would be huge understatement....

Jan 23, 2019