A Girl's Weekend Doesn't Have to Be Fancy to be Memorable

We had a million reasons why it wouldn’t work. Valid reasons: small children to attend to, small businesses to run, small budgets to take into consideration. And then one of us was diagnosed with breast cancer and suddenly we knew that it had to work, somehow. Even if it was just a forty-eight-hour getaway. Even if it wasn’t on a beach or to some culinary mecca. Because none of that mattered in the end. Just being together, all five of us, converging in the Midwest on a cold and dreary weekend in December – that’s what mattered....more

Blindsided: Learning to Live with a Disability

I wasn't prepared for this. No one told me how to take my personality, my intelligence, my accomplishments, my ambition, my ego and put them all behind a gauzy thick wall that mutes most voices and distorts the sounds of everyday life. The siren could be a whistle or a baby screaming or someone's worn out rear brakes, I won't know until the ambulance crosses the street in front of me....more

Schizo

I never heard of schizophrenia until eighth grade health class.  Along with learning about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and the obligatory, highly embarrassing sex ed curriculum (from which my parents refused to excuse me, despite my entreaties), we plodded through a unit on mental health.  When we covered neuroses, I knew right off that the teacher was talking about me.  But it was the psychoses that were really scary, and I wondered whether I could secretly have one of those....more

What Happened to Tanesha Anderson's Right to Life?

Late last night I came across an article with the headline "Cleveland woman with mental illness died after police used takedown measure, brother says." My heart sank as I clicked on it and read about the death of Tanesha Anderson, a 37-year-old African-American woman who reportedly suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia....more
This is horrifying.more

Grateful for friendships ...

Do you ever feel stretched too thin?Sometimes I feel that way.I feel as though my heart wants to do so so much and so my head jumps in fully and then before I know it too much gets lost along the way.And then there's so much to do and so many things to think about and suddenly ...I stop.I stop it all.I hole up a bit.I freeze.I go off track.Try not to be found....more

Does Therapy Really Help?

When I was a kid, my mom taught me many things.  (Duh, really?  Was that even a necessary sentence?)  She taught me many things, and most of them were what you could consider “different” than what a lot of other parents taught their kids.  You see, my parents are Christian Science, a religion most people either don’t know about, don’t understand, or just flat out confuse with another religion (like, hmm, Scientology for example). ...more
A Healthy Woman Thank you so much for the encouragement!  And, thanks for sharing your own story!more

Procrastination Extermination

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A Hug is Worth a Thousand Words

Day 5 - Suicide is Not Painless

Warning, this post is being written a little tongue in cheek... just a little......more

Dancing in the Light During the Seasons When Darkness Abounds

Confession: My greatest fear is that I will lose my life to suicide....more
Hey, Addye, hang in there. You're doing great. One month.more