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Aug 31

August 31, 2017

How to Clean up the Mess in Between Illness Storms

How to Clean up the Mess in Between Illness Storms

“Now, what?” I asked myself a few months ago. After years, consisting of very long days, of family struggles with mental and medical conditions, the season began to change. At first, I dared not believe it. So many times, there had been brief glimpses of light as we forged through the darkness.  But, those moments seemed to fade quickly. Once... Read more

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Jun 30

June 30, 2016

Anxiety or Adventure-The PTSD Files

Anxiety or Adventure- The PTSD Files

As I board a plane a growing knot tightens my stomach. I quadruple check my ticket and stumble to my seat. If my husband is with me, he holds my hand once he gets settled because he knows the white-hot anxiety pings through my brain like a pinball machine. I recite scripture over and over to myself. I pray what... Read more

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May 26

May 26, 2016

Five Things People with PTSD Want You to Know

I had spent a lifetime keeping memories behind closed doors.  I thought I had frozen them all in my heart to keep them contained. But trauma thaws. I felt like I betrayed my family code. I felt weak.  I coped in so many different ways to stay numb and avoid the feelings that are stored in the marrow of your... Read more

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May 12

May 12, 2016

Suicide, Anger and Forgiveness- How I'm Healing

Suicide, Anger and Forgiveness-How I’m Healing

In 2006, I booked a weekend alone at a resort on the beach in Santa Cruz, California. The entire purpose of the trip was to do something I had been working on for quite some time: forgive my mom. I had spent fifteen years being incredibly angry with my mom and I realized my anger was only hurting myself, not her.... Read more

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Apr 25

April 25, 2016

Defeating the Monster of Depression

In light of recent celebrity news, many people have weighed-in on depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Jamie at The Very Worst Missionary re-posted her “Jesus or Zoloft” blog. Brant (former Air 1 DJ) re-posted “Is Jesus Enough?” Ann Voskamp – who’s book 1,000 Gifts encourages readers to count their blessings – shared her struggle. And they aren’t the only ones. Seems like everyone is... Read more

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Apr 5

April 5, 2016

Shutter Island and Bringing an End to #Mentalhealthstigma

Full Disclosure: If you don’t like spoilers, you probably shouldn’t read this blog. Am I the only one who desperately fears being told I’m “crazy”? Am I the only one who spills my guts to a friend and then follows up with, “Am I crazy?” Have you ever noticed how many horror movies or haunted houses take place in mental... Read more

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Feb 1

February 1, 2016

When No One Wants To Build a Snowman

Quieres hacer un muñeco?   Don’t speak Spanish? Maybe the English words will be much, much more familiar to you. “Do you wanna build a snowman . . .” Yeah, sorry. Now the song is stuck. I have three daughters, and they (and I) loved Frozen so much the youngest really did learn this song in Spanish. Whether or not... Read more

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