For the lack of a better term I am using “Mental Issue,” M.I. for short, as a blanket term to describe what we have and deal with on a daily basis. I want to use “Issue” because I don’t want to call it an “Illness.”

Illness, to me anyway, implies that it can be cured, it’s something that you caught and didn’t have before. It’s a part of us, it’s in our DNA, and it’s something we didn’t choose to have but something we live with on a daily basis.

When our M.I. kicks in it’s called “An Episode.” An Episode of what? Are we a sitcom or drama that people sit back and watch? While it may certainly feel this way for non M.I.s, for those of us going through said “episode” it feels more like a storm. Comes on with little to no warning. A lot of huffing and puffing, with loud crashes of thunder. For this reason I will refer to them as Storms and not “Episodes.”

By talking we can begin healing and understanding on both
sides. Ask questions and listen to the answers, don’t judge, don’t speak, just listen.

Friday, April 15, 2016


You walk around with a heavy heart
You have a lot on your mind.
But this burden you don’t have to bear alone
A friend in me you will find.

Faith, Hope, and Love
The LORD has given to us.
If you look deep inside you will see
You have friends you can trust.

Let me help you
Carry this HEAVY cross.
Jesus has sent me to you
In this time of your loss.

Trust in the LORD
Strength and faith you will find a new.
Day by day
You are with friends that love you.

- Max M. Power

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