‘It WAS NOT your fault this happened’

The first blog I posted with my full real name… I still don’t regret it.

What happens now?

We asked, and Grace Kim answered. Our call last week for video stories brought this:

We asked her: “What’s been the response so far? And, not an uncommon question: What does your family think?”

Grace, a restaurant owner in the Bay Area, replied by email: “I started out with a blog on Tumblr, and after I received multiple messages about how some of my readers decided not to kill themselves, because of what I was writing, I knew I had to spend all my effort trying to grow my project in order to reach as many people as possible. My family has been oddly supportive. I’m basically what they call a 50-footer in the gay community, you can tell I’m gay from 50 feet away. Everyone always knew I was gay, but I thought I kept my secret well hidden. I just made it way harder on myself than I…

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About Christine O.

I had been a young, single Mom to two girls for ten years; until March 9, 2014 when I married my soul-mate Jason. I’m a former 20 year+ full time executive in a demanding field turned business owner (this year); marathon runner, daughter to the perfect parents, oldest sister of a highly successful ‘normal’ younger brother and ‘functional’ single-mother (of 3) sister, coach, boss, best friend, member of the church choir, volunteer for the local NAMI, AFSP, and CASA organizations, and have over time become well acclimated to the world of mental illness after a life changing event or two. I have also become known in my community as the one who takes on the High School year after year in attempts to have a Suicide Prevention Program in place (as in Texas statute). My goal in writing, blogging and learning as much as I can about such subjects is to defeat stigma associated with brain disease, preventing suicide in the future, and saving my family.
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