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What People Don’t See About Life After My...

How’s Callie doing? We get asked that a lot. We have a huge tribe and a lot of people that care about our little warrior. It seems like a simple enough question, but sometimes it’s not. I never know exactly how to...

Working From Home Because of My Disability Is...

The idea of working from home can seem like a dream to some people. They have visions of late lie-ins and sitting in bed, but the truth can be a bit different. Generally when I tell someone I work from home, they reply...

What I Wish People Knew About My Visual...

When people find out that I struggle with visual perception, they automatically think it’s related to my eyes and not my brain. I can understand the confusion. However, visual perception is not what it may appear to...

Why ‘Give Up’ Is the Best Advice Any...

I’m a fighter by nature. The fight to get answers and “get better” has been no different. If anything, it’s the most tenacious fight of my life. In the beginning, I was determined to find that one doctor or one...

When My Inner Critic Says I’m ‘Lazy’ as...

You’re not lazy. I have to speak these words to myself every single day to keep myself from hearing the voice in my head telling me the opposite. You are lazy. I believed it, especially in high school. When I couldn’t...

7 Myths About Diabetes People Somehow Still Believe

In many people’s eyes, diabetes conjures up images of sugary food or finger-pricking. While it’s true that both those images can play a role in diabetes, that’s certainly not the whole picture. Diabetes is a complex...

Why Cerebral Palsy Is My Superpower

I was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy (CP) at the age of two after my parents became concerned that I wasn’t walking. Doctors told my parents I would not have a “normal” life, I would never walk, and I...

What We Can’t Forget When We Talk About...

We’re beginning to talk more about the cost of mental illness as a way to propel the conversation forward due to the large economic costs to our society. When we talk about it, we talk in terms of lost labor hours and...

Why Depression Is Like Being a Black Jelly...

Yes, you read that right. Being depressed is like being a black jelly bean. Let me explain. To put it in very simple terms, black jelly beans are loved by a select few, but everyone else just throws them in the trash....

5 Ways Going to Residential Treatment for My...

Last summer, I went into residential treatment for my bipolar I disorder and, primarily, my eating disorder. There were a lot of things about going to residential that I definitely expected. A lot of sleepless nights,...

What does body image mean for people living...

The last week has witnessed a plethora of rich conversations lead by the Mental Health Foundation about the intersection of body image and mental health. As Mental Health Awareness week comes to a close, Hannah from...

What Still Remains After My Brother Died by...

Dear Brother, The winter blues have gotten me again. From the moment New Year’s Eve is here, I know I will have to face the torment of January. The anniversary of your death by suicide comes quickly and now it has...

What Helps Me Find Color When Depression Makes...

If I could describe myself using one color, it would be gray. It’s always been gray, at least for as long as I can remember. Whenever doctors or therapists would ask me how I was feeling, my answer was always the same:...

8 Surprising Facts About Trauma You May Not...

Experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event can of course affect your mental health. It can turn your whole world upside down and it may be difficult to go about your life like you used to. If you have gone through a...