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The mosquito bite

Have you ever thought of a simple mosquito bite? If you see it biting you then it will itch for hours. If you didn’t see it bite you, then you’ll probably never notice it. It goes the same way that a diagnosis goes. If you dwell on it, it takes sometimes years to understand it . The key is don’t dwell. Yes there are treatments that can and will help if you allow it. In Med 101, we learn the 5 predictable stages that people will typically go through after a terminal diagnosis. #1 Denial #2 Anger#3 Bargaining. #4 grieving and #5 ( the most important) Acceptance. These “5 steps can also be used by all of us in the battles we face daily. But remember, our diagnosis isn’t terminal. It’s a beautiful life out there if you know where to look. God opens our eyes to see them, but you won’t see the beauty if your dwelling on something else. Years ago, I made a decision to say Good morning, Good afternoon etc etc to everyone I came across. You never know if that’s the only thing nice that’s been said to that person in awhile. As I browse through a lot of these post, I see members that are dealing with worse things then I am. When you have a chance browse as well. Try not to dwell, try to find the beauty that surrounds you. It might just surprise you….David

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Feeling MY Way Through this Journey #CrohnsDisease #DiabetesType2 #MentalHealth #Allergies #ChildLoss #SpinalMuscularAtrophy #ADHD

I've been going through multiple situations over the past 30 days. #1 My eldest daughter got arrested at a public facility, #2 the year anniversary of my middle daughter's death quickly approaches, #3 Mother's Day is when my mother transitioned, #4 fighting for my life with these UNPROFESSIONAL MEDICAL CARE TEAMS, #5 I have 3 grandboys from my deceased daughter that are in foster care and they refuse family communications. There's so much more, but this is THE TOP 5 STRESSES.

THIS EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER HAVE MANY OBSTACLES!!!
#Fighting4MyLife

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Cannabis and bipolar disorder

I use cannabis for arthritis, glaucoma, and my mood disorder and anxiety. Mostly for my mood. It is the only way i have to regulate my anxiety because doctors dont want to prescribe anti-anxiety medicine. I find cannabis more effective than codeine #4 for pain. I have adhd and it doesnt help my attention but i can work through that. Its not a perfect situation but it gives me so much relief to my mood and pain thank goodness. With adhd its a constant search for dopamine. Not like an addict but just to feel normal and motivated to have a productive day. I hate that i feel less than because of this but it is how God made me and i have some wonderful creative and intellectual gifts because of it. Im in grad school with a 99% average in my class now. Im super happy. I used to be super depressed to the point that i weighed 125lbs. Im supposed to weigh 175lbs. Im better now. Partly thanks to cannabis. I hate the stigma around it and my adhd meds. Makes me feel like my docs think Im just trying to get high when i swear all i want to do is function to the best of my ability and not be in so much pain. But at least we are medically legal in my state. We are making progress. I want to work to take the stigma off off adhd and pain meds for people who desperately need them to function. #CannabisCorner #Bipolar #ADHD #productive

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What's bothering me today? Being single in 2022.

I know its better to get it out than to keep it in so here it goes.

This is a guy who "likes" me and I guess is trying to impress me. I no longer use medical marijuana because although it helps my anxiety it doesn't exactly help my depression so I've taken other routes to supporting my mental health that have been working. I know he's trying to be nice and "joking" but possibly because I know him, this rubbed me the wrong way and I'll tell you why later.

Conversation on social media:

Him: Makes post on social media of sweet treats.

Me: You eat edibles now?

Him: I'm getting better so I can hang with you.

Me: I haven't done it in quite a while so you're way ahead of me.

Him: What! Are you okay? Do I need to make a delivery. Lol

Me:Wait...not doing eds means I'm not okay?? 🤔 Backwards nation we're living in lol 🥴

Him: Whats up, why u not doin well? Bc you haven't had any

Me: What?

Him: Haven't had any weed? I'm not bein fresh

Me:Am I suppose to have it? Lol I'm not being fresh either lol

Him: So what do want? Drink, food or other?

Me: I'm good. Thank you.

Him: Np ❤️ smarty 😂😂

Why did this conversation bother me?

#1 : When you tell someone you're not drinking or smoking and they ask you are you okay? My question is," Why do YOU feel the need to drink and smoke and are you okay?"

Nowadays when you choose to be sober in a drug addicted world, others see it as strange or you're the one who's not okay. 🥴 Weird.

#2 : When you tell someone you're not drinking or smoking and they still offer or ask do you want some?

This is my life and my journey. Of course I can always kindly and simply say no thank you but nobody should be put in the position to be questioned and to explain themselves as to why they don't want to do something that they don't want to do.

#3 : I have a medical card and can get marijuana whenever I need it. I told him I haven't done it in quite a while but he still offered me some. I don't need a stanger dropping off weed to me. This bothers me because people who don't have access or money would have fallen into this trap and taken off their journey not to mention the safety and security concerns. I especially want women to be careful in situations like this but everyone should use their best judgment.

#4 I get that I am who I attract and I attract who I am but come on universe what this be? Lol Right now I'm in my own little world, healing in my own little universe. I see situations like these as tests. I believe when you're moving into a new chapter in your life the universe will see if you're ready to move forward and im ready. Nothing is going to have me go backwards. Upward and onwards is the only direction I'm headed.

#5 Why did I relate this to being single? Because we would have never met and exchanged numbers if I was in a relationship. We met twice previously and never even indulged in any weed together. He's not a bad guy but trying to impress me this way is a major turn off.

Okay, rant done! Good night 🌃

#Depression #MedicalMarijuana #Anxiety #Dating #weed #single #Life

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Covid + isolation day #4

#Bipolar1Disorder

It has been an interesting 🤨 experience- having covid .

Having that virus 🦠 in my body makes me feel weird.

💕 #recovering

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You may have PTSD/CPTSD if…

So I’ve noticed those with CPTSD and PTSD often report similar experiences. I hadn’t realized how typical my own were until I read others stories. So I thought I’d make a list of common shared experiences in those with PTSD/CPTSD…

#1 Your abusers and told you the abuse was normal and everyone does it ergo you’re being dramatic.

#2 You blamed yourself without even realizing it. Let’s face it we don’t walk away thinking it’s our fault clear as day. That’s illogical. But we walk away with doubts that eventually dig into our heads while we’re not even paying attention. The next thing we know we think we’re inherently bad and deserving of being treated as such.

#3 You switch back and forth from having sympathy for you’re abuser to believing they’re evil incarnate.

#4 You wonder if you’re too damaged to think for yourself. If you don’t have experience in what’s right then can you know what’s wrong?

#5 You avoid watching any movies or tv shows with extremely painful emotional expressions yet are strangely drawn to them.

#6 You wake up feeling panic and/or anxiety and expecting something terrible to happen to you every day.

#7 You struggle to set necessary boundaries with others because you worry they’ll reject you. Perhaps you feel you’re not worthy of boundaries.

#8 You don’t trust anyone and struggle with emotional intimacy. Perhaps you feel scared everyone is going to hurt you.

#9 You have chronic migraines, irritable bowels, and/or body aches all the time.

#10 You need to be in control of everything at all times so you know what’s up. Even things that to others seems inconsequential.

#PTSD #CPTSD #Trauma #Abuse

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Vent art of mine #4 and my Tumblr

I forgot I had a Tumblr account but I’m going to share more vent art there. My user is in my description here in my profile.

This one is when I literally can’t feel anything and because of that I can’t experience life as I should.
#Depression #Anxiety #MentalHealth

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Facemask #where you need to wear ur face mask

Places where you should always be wearing a facemask no matter what!! I believe #1 SCHOOLS #2 YOUR WORK PLACE.. #3 CASINO'S #4 HOSPITALS & CLINIC'S #5 WALMART AND OTHER STORES THAT ARE BIG AND HAVE LOTS OF PEOPLE IN AND OUT ALL THE TIME

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How do you feel when you have to cancel plans?

Yesterday we published a story (you can read it below) about what goes through a chronically ill person's head when their condition makes them cancel plans. It really resonated with me.

themighty.com/2022/01/feelings-chronic-illness-cancel-plans

Lately I think I've been feeling emotion #4 (frustrated) on Christina's list. I want so badly to participate and be "normal" and the fact that my body makes that near-impossible is really getting to me. I'm not sad about it, I'm mostly sitting in a pocket of rage.

What about you?

#ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Migraine #CheckInWithMe #Spoonie #Depression #Anxiety #Stress #FeaturedStory #mightywithmigraine

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The Mighty’s Top 10 Most-Read Stories of 2021: #4

As the year winds down, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate our 10 most-read Mighty stories from 2021. These stories collectively have been read by over 600,000 people from all over the world. That’s over 600,000 people who found stories that they not only resonated with, but were able to find comfort, resources, answers, and for some a starting point in their own health journeys.

Here’s #4 on the list in case you missed it (TW: domestic violence/emotional abuse): themighty.com/2021/11/relating-to-the-abusive-mother-daughte...

Thank you to Mighty Super Contributor Monika Sudakov for digging deep into your personal experience in order to draw parallels with this popular and powerful TV series from the past year. (If you can handle the content, it was definitely one of my favorite watches as well.) #PTSD #Trauma #DomesticViolence #Childhoodtrauma #CheckInWithMe #FeaturedStory #MentalHealth #CPTSD #Depression #Abuse