Mental Illness

Why I’ve Surrendered to Mental Illness

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” Those words are so true, and I feel honored that someone read those words and thought about me.  It made my day when I got a text from a friend that came across that quote and sent it to… Continue reading Why I’ve Surrendered to Mental Illness

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Why Self Love Is Important When Caring For The Mentally Ill

I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately.  Now that things are beginning to return to normal the weight of everything that’s happened within the past year has really hit me.  When you’re in go mode you just do what you have to do, there’s no time to really think about the crisis you’re… Continue reading Why Self Love Is Important When Caring For The Mentally Ill

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Looking Ahead To The Future With Hope

Despite our current level of chaos life keeps going, we roll with it, life isn’t going to stop for anything or anyone so we continue to move ahead with our routines as best as possible.  As stressful as the day-to-day stuff is we look for moments to rejoice in.  We are ecstatic that Ranee has… Continue reading Looking Ahead To The Future With Hope

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When a Spouse and Parent is Mentally Ill

I’ve never thought of it until now, but I actually don’t know anyone personally that has bipolar except my husband. You hear people make jokes about it that someone must be bipolar if they act out in a hyper or moody way.  But I don’t know anyone that is as close to the disease as… Continue reading When a Spouse and Parent is Mentally Ill

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Can I Just Have A Minute To Fall Apart?

There’s a sadness that gets into your bones.  It climbs on your back and weighs you down, seeps into your lungs and clenches on to your every breath.  It lays in the empty space where your loved one should occupy, it’s the dead air on the other side of a telephone line.  It takes the… Continue reading Can I Just Have A Minute To Fall Apart?

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Helping Siblings Of Children With Mental Illness To Cope

This whole process has had such a profound effect on me. You can’t go this kind of stuff and not be changed. Life experiences can have all kinds of effects on people it can harden you, it can break you, it can empower you.  No matter what the outcome these kinds of life challenges will… Continue reading Helping Siblings Of Children With Mental Illness To Cope

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Coming Into The Light When It’s Been Dark For So Long

Ranee had a rough morning, she came home from her day program in tears, she got off the bus and walked herself to her closet and closed the door.  Her closet is her quiet place she’s turned it into her haven when she’s stressed or overwhelmed she takes space in there.  She’s outfitted  it with… Continue reading Coming Into The Light When It’s Been Dark For So Long

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What To Do When You’ve Reached Your Breaking point

Cry.  I can’t seem to get out of my own way this morning, everything keeps reducing me to tears.  I’m not sad really just overwhelmed and overworked, yes even stay at home moms can be overworked.  I put on such a brave face for Ranee, for the boys for my husband.  I have to, just… Continue reading What To Do When You’ve Reached Your Breaking point

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A Lesson In Sacrifice

After every institutionalization we would try our best to get back into a routine.  There was always a little bit of apprehension about returning to school, what to tell the other kids when they asked where she had been. She would be eager to get back to her routine as well, she missed her teachers… Continue reading A Lesson In Sacrifice