It’s Been 4 Years

4 years ago this month, I created a blog and published my first post. I'll spare you the post in its entirety, but it ended with this: And so it begins…to honor my passion for writing, a blog is born. This baby gathered 4 views. 4. Surprisingly, I kept at it.   I blogged about health,…

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NEDA Week 2018: My Thoughts and a Poem

Each year, as NEDA (National Eating Disorders Awareness) week rolls around, memories resurface. Memories I've put to rest. Memories I've brought closure to. And each year, I am confronted with a decision to be made. Do I let the week go by unacknowledged or do I address it? In spite of the trepidation I feel, I…

Mental Illness is Nothing to Be Ashamed Of

Last June, I published this post about mental illness. It had been a long time coming. The inspiration had come two years prior, during my participation in the Fox Valley Writing Project.  One of my fellow writers had shared a poem she had written about addiction. In the last few lines, she disclosed the poem was…

I Don’t Want to Talk About Mental Illness

To be honest, I don’t really want to talk about mental illness.   I don’t want to talk about mood disorders, or psychotic disorders, or eating disorders, or personality disorders, or obsessive compulsive disorders, or addiction disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorders.   I don’t want to talk about any of them.   Nor do I really…

Perspective

This summer, after months of procrastinating, I finally mustered up enough courage to make an appointment for my yearly gynecological exam (which at this point would not even qualify as yearly) . Now there are several reasons I would rather walk barefoot across hot coals than go to this appointment. Some are quite obvious (stirrups), and some not…