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.

Monday, January 23, 2017

What Would You Do?

What would you do if you found out you were sick, of which there is no cure?
Would you tell your family or carry the burden alone?  By remaining silent would you not spare them the stress of knowing they are going to lose you?  Would you not want them to live life as they have been, enjoying what little time you have or would you be treated differently because they know what is to come?
By that point, would you live your life differently or would you continue on until you could go no further?  Would you take risk you never would have before?  Would you live your life or a life you never knew?
Honestly, what would you do?

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