Which Way Is Out?

What do you get when you take two people, three doctors, eleven prescriptions, two pharmacies and an insurance company?No, wait – I'm not finished.THEN add another person, two banks, a credit card company, a missing check and a disputed charge.Mix in bipolar disorder, clinical depression, and several months of previous stress.What you get, first of all, is something that rhymes with buster-cluck, and then a dangerous situation: Two people under pressure, neither of whom can function well enough to find any solutions....more

Reaching the End of My Cope

Anymore, I don't very often have days when I can't get out of bed, but this week I had one. It doesn't matter now what caused it, but I am feeling the lingering aftereffects. Today I had no choice but to get out of bed, and I thought as long as I'm up, I might as well blog.(Actually I can blog in bed too, since my tablet will take dictation, but it's not optimal.)...more

How to Get Through the Holidays When You're Grieving

The year I received grief as a holiday gift, I thought I might just smother from the sadness. I wore it around like the year's ugliest sweater and let it weigh down my joy. Nobody talks about how you are supposed to get through the holidays after you lose someone you love. ...more
I'm sorry that you must be going through your own grief. I never wanted to be a part of a club ...more

6 Ways to Cope When Life Gets Scary

I’m not feeling sorry for myself, and I know I’m not the only one on the planet who has had trials and tribulations, but the fact is I’ve been through some of the hardest, scariest times of my life over the past 12 years.  The situations I’ve encountered brought about in me some of the most intense negative emotions I’ve ever experienced including fear, anger, resentment, sorrow, loneliness, depression, and hopelessness to name a small handful....more

I'm Cancer Free! Now What?....

In case you missed the beginning of this series, you can find Part 1 {here} and Part 2 {here}  ...more

I Confess: I'm Still Cutting Myself

As I wrote last August, I do a form of self-injury, involving squeezing my pores or picking at my skin to the point it bleeds....more
AmySprague Thank you for sharing about your experience.  I tend to call it "self-injury" or ...more