My Wish-List for Anyone With a Mental Illness
I wish so many things for those of you who are like me, who live with a mental illness.
I wish for reprieves from your illness when you’re struggling.
I wish good health for you and the ones you love.
I wish for treatments that work, and if those treatments fail, I wish for some other treatment to come along and work quickly.
I wish you limitless hope, that you’ll not only survive, but thrive this year.
I wish for more good days than bad.
I wish for you to be heard, and if you’re not, I wish you the courage to stand up for what you know is true.
I wish you insurance companies that are kind and reassuring.
I wish for you to know your infinite worth.
I wish for understanding doctors, nurses, therapists and other professionals you work with.
I wish for all good things to come to you, not just because, but because you deserve all good things.
I wish for you the courage to talk openly about your illness.
I wish for your recovery — whether it’s beginning or continuing this year.
I wish you the wisdom to choose life, even when you feel so bad that life seems impossible.
I wish that you know only love and support, and not stigma.
And, lastly, I wish that if you didn’t know how much you are loved, that you know now.
You are loved and cared about more than you’ll ever know.