Loving Someone with a Mental Illness

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When Holiday Traditions Hurt to the Core

Do you love the sweet rituals that the holidays bring but what happens when you find yourself in a place where the holiday traditions hurt?

Maybe you are a little bit like me, and planning for the holidays and creating lasting traditions is just who you are. Do you love the sweet rituals that the holidays bring but what happens when you find yourself in a place where the holiday traditions hurt? Maybe circumstances have made the traditions impossible, or someone is missing from the celebrations. Traditions once loved can now feel unbearable to carry on. Back in 2008, my heart ached at every step...

When You Know Holidays Will Be a Struggle

Does the mere mention of the upcoming holidays cause you to gasp for air, sweat profusely, or wish the season was over before it begins? Maybe you know up front the holidays are going to be a struggle; which makes it hard to look forward to them. However, understanding what helps can make a world of difference. What is your biggest struggle or challenge of the season? Skip the pat answers and go deep. The difficulty will be unique to...

The Best Thing to Do When Life Is Difficult

Life is challenging, unpredictable and quite honestly painful at times. When life is difficult, we need to know what is the best thing to do.

Do you ever find yourself squeezing your eyes shut wondering if they might just pop out? Or clenching your hands so tight it leaves indentations on your palms? All the while – wishing, wishing, wishing – things were another way? When life is difficult, we need to know what is the best thing to do. Life is challenging, unpredictable and quite honestly painful at times. Knowing what we will do first when the pain feels like it will devour us whole,...

First Day of School for the Mom of a Child with a Mental Illness

As I sit in my comfortable chair outside listening to the bird’s chirp, I think to myself: life today is not bad. It feels smooth, easy and comfortable. Relishing in the fact that today, school is starting, and it is no longer a part of my world. I consciously decide to ignore those old feelings of what it used to be like struggling to get a child to school. I say to myself, “not this year;” it is my turn...