"I just can't be friends with you anymore." This is what my childhood best friend said to me after my suicide attempt. Between all the feelings I was experiencing from this attempt, having my best friend basically shun me, hurt. At the time, I didn't understand what I had done wrong. Why wasn't she supportive? … Continue reading I lost a friend after my suicide attempt
You never really think that the time moves that quickly after a traumatic event in your life. I got a call that my beloved coworker and friend had died. I couldn't believe it- he was young and had just had a baby who was less than a year old. I didn't really comprehend how he … Continue reading It’s been 5 years since my friend committed suicide: An open letter
On August 10th Netflix released Afflicted, a seven-episode series in which I appear with six other chronically ill patients. Though I had high hopes for the series, and some parts were accurate, it has ultimately caused damage to the chronic illness community, portraying many of the participants as hypochondriacs and the illnesses they face as psychosomatic rather than their true physical nature.
I have debated about writing this blog post because in being honest about my experiences with Afflicted, I felt that might diminish my story and the stories of my fellow participants. I also didn’t want to diminish the work of some truly talented and genuine people who worked on the series and just happened to land a bad gig. But above all else I feel like this is an unjust outcome that needs to be brought to the public’s attention.
I’m not victimizing myself, or anyone…
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Even though we're a couple days in September, I figured I'd push out this post to chat about my September goals. I've been struggling with my depression and anxiety, only made worse by my raging pregnancy hormones. I truly need to get my shit together, pardon my language, and I feel like blogging is part … Continue reading September Goals
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 10 adults are affected by depression. Common behaviors of those with depression include withdrawal, anger, flat expression, and even suicidal thoughts. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) states that more than 40 million people in the U.S. struggle with anxiety disorders and can … Continue reading How To Understand Your Loved One’s Mental Health Struggles
I have spent the last couple weeks doing extensive research into successful blogs, small blogs starting out, and different types of posts each blog does. I noticed a common theme between them all, and that is that almost everyone has written a post introducing themselves and chatting about their life and what brought them to … Continue reading My Story
Hola! Our first few days abroad kept us busy, while the last few days were spent relaxing, eating too much food, and tanning. Since I didn't write about the last few days, I decided I wanted to write a review of my experience. I also want to note that I'm not a well-versed traveler; I … Continue reading Review: Punta Cana
Monkey Island, fresh ground coffee beans, and fresh cocoa powder- just a summary of our day three on this beautiful, exotic island. I started my day with a cup of coffee, with milk of course, and a tasty breakfast of banana bread and fresh-cut pineapple. Afterwards, my husband and I laid out by the pool … Continue reading Day Three Punta Cana
I love that I was able to wake up to 85 degree weather, palm trees swaying gently in the soft breeze, and the smell of the ocean air. Day two has been absolutely fantastic. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast buffet, filled with muffins, donuts, danishes, and more. I indulged in a strawberry muffin, and the … Continue reading Day 2 Punta Cana
Since I don't really feel like writing to expand my blog, I figured I'd share my Punta Cana honeymoon experience over the next week. Maybe you can follow along and enjoy paradise through my eyes. We flew out of Midway International Airport in Chicago, departure at 9:30. All went smoothly, and I loved all the … Continue reading Day 1 Punta Cana