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The Lucy Experience

My recovery may never be 100%, I know my memories will always be there, but what happened to me impacted my life more than ever. It changed my life, both good and bad. I was so close to suicide that I now understand people and what they go through, it is easy to see for me when someone is being hurt, or close to a break down, I understand people when they say they are having a real ‘down day’, I know at times constantly asking a friends ‘are you okay’ just is not good enough, I know (by experience) being told to ‘grow up and get over it’ just drives you further into your dark tunnel, I know that even a  funny look off a stranger can reduce you to tears in public, and I know that there are people on this earth that do not believe mental health problems are real illnesses. And that is what needs addressing.

You wouldn’t tell someone with cancer to ‘get over it’.
You wouldn’t tell someone with a broken leg that it’s not a real problem.
You wouldn’t tell someone in a wheel chair to ‘grow up and stop moping around’.

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Mrs Bipolarity

It’s pretty simple really.  I’ve committed this blog towards mental health and by joining this project I’m publicly declaring it.  If you don’t know me yet, I’m a thirty-one year old wife and mom of three darling boys.  I was diagnosed in 2002 with Bipolar Disorder. It took me a couple of years, several medications, and two doctors to find a level of stability that I’ve managed most of the time since then.  This blog is about me.  It’s about bipolar disorder.  There’s some unsolicited advice thrown in.  I talk about God, and how great He is.  I try to be upbeat and encouraging without being fake.  Life is hard sometimes and sometimes you just gotta be real.  And that’s what you can expect from me.  (Maybe a little sarcasm too).

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it’s me! holly goodyear

I am very, very happy to know that I have this outlet to write and connect with others who have the same desire to blog in order to find mental peace in a world of overwhelming information.  I am learning to accept that maybe no one will ever read my words or much less hear my voice but in the small chance that you would, I pray that the energy I have inside of me to positively affect the world, is delivered. . .

. . . [B]lessings to you all for trusting in a community who will not judge you for expressing your thoughts and desires upon our world.

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The Scarlet B

So then, where does that leave me in blogging for mental health this year? Well, for starters, I certainly need to keep track of my mood to make sure I am getting by as well as I think I am; many of us know that regular blogging and journalling is very useful for keeping track of this. . .

I’m also hoping that my actions in blogging and chatting with friends will continue to serve to expand awareness of life with mental health, and yes, specifically the many charming flavours of bipolar (since that’s my particular chocolate, naturally). This is, of course, my self-therapy, the blogging and engaging with other bloggers. I might not have the fanciest words and stories, and maybe I’ll never really know if what I’m saying means much to anyone, but that’s okay too. I’m just glad I can put myself out here with everyone else blogging for mental health to say, ‘Hey, me too.’ By standing together, we are stronger, and harder to dismiss. After all, we’re people doing the best with our lives, the same as anyone else. We are valid. I am valid. This is valid.

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