Category Archives: single parenthood

An Open Letter to the ‘Teacher’ who discouraged my child:

Dearest ‘You Know Who You Are’,   This isn’t an attempt to correct a wrong, although it should have been corrected long ago. This isn’t a ploy to get you in trouble, as I am not even going to use … Continue reading

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The Best and Worst Part of Being in a Mental Hospital: Visitation

I am a 38 year old mother, wife, daughter, college graduate, executive, volunteer, member of the church choir, respected community member and I am mentally ill. Not only that; I have suicide ideation. I attempted in November 2012 and was … Continue reading

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I wish I could explain what I felt that day…a 17 year old’s story of her mother’s suicide attempt

(My daughter was asked to write a true account of an incident or something she is living with others don’t know about as an assignment for theater. It was to be written in first person, monologue style. This is what … Continue reading

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…and the bride wore black

I got married two weeks ago. Something I never thought I would live to see. I married my dream guy; someone who knows the worst things about me and loves me anyway. I promised him he would have me just … Continue reading

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Fifteen Thoughts

I am joining the challenge and answering these questions as well… 1. What is your favorite word and why? ‘Mommy’ I hear that spoken by any child anywhere and I turn around by instinct. And then I immediately think about … Continue reading

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30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge- Day 28

Day 28: Explain a “bad” day. Not unlike yesterday, since I have previously compared the differences of a day I feel well/sick, I will instead write today about a day in which I felt really bad. This was not THE … Continue reading

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30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge- Day 26

Day 26: How is your day-to-day life affected by your mental illness (es)? It is difficult to pin down any effect mental illness has on me because, depending on the day and the state of my illness at the time, … Continue reading

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