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    World Diabetes Day- November 14th

    World Diabetes Day is being observed today. In my opinion, it's a day we wish we never had to acknowledge. World Diabetes Day serves as a reminder, however, that we must unite so that we can spread awareness and work to find a cure for an illness that affects over 463 million people worldwide.

    Today, take a moment to share your story or spread awareness with friends, family, or in your community.

    By sharing our stories and spreading awareness, more people can be informed about diabetes and empowered to take charge of their health.

    The Official World Diabetes Day website has a wealth of resources that you can print out or share on your social media pages:

    worlddiabetesday.org

    #Diabetes #DiabetesType1 #DiabetesType2 #Diabetestype3 #lada #mody #GestationalDiabetes #JuvenileDiabetesType1 #ChronicIllness #AutoimmuneDisease #Lifestyle #Health #Awareness #Support #SupportGroups #MightyTogether

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    Spread SB awareness

    First I would like to say happy Halloween to you all.

    Picture Description: Keep calm and spread Spina Bifida Awareness.

    Today is the last day of Spina Bifida awareness month. I want to know what you did to spread awareness this month?

    #SpinaBifida #Awareness

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    My view#artheals #avm #CPTSD #Therapy #Awareness

    I need to change my view.I hadn't looked up in a couple months.Im ñot feeling this.I have too many items on my shelf and too many things hanging around.Every where I look.I know each peice.Where it belongs.Where to put it.It still stays.
    Some things are only around because I had no where to put them,other people can see them,they aren't hidden but not within eyes view.Every item is significantly a part of who I am.They are objects.Not people.They hold memories for me.Most happy ones, so they stay.Tangible peices.I can feel the memories holding and looking at them.I won't be reminded... if they're gone.at All.

    Out of sight,out of mind is exasperated in my mind.A coping strategy from too early of an age. With people not things.I love,my memories from my things.As do others.
    I attatch my life to objects around me for my comfort.Does it bring joy? Then it stays.If it provokes pain and hurt.it will not be displayed.Put it away! It Doesn't belong here!It is packed,boxed away securely...unless, I want it shown.I am not a hoarder.I do not purchase or over collect.They were all given,lovely memories.The people leave behind peices but they never stay or I never stay.There is always something left behind....that needs to be put away.

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    Egogram (Why i left Instagram)

    The last major social media site i used was IG. I am a creative person and i used it for that purpose. I was kind to others, tried to be real in my posts and also supportive of others who were creative people or those who enjoyed my creativity.

    Over time i met artists in a few areas that i have appreciated for years. Many of them were very kind privately but publicly adhered to this role of having to maintain a public facing ego. At the end of the day what mattered was numbers of likes, follower counts and feeling better than others it seemed although privately they were genuinely great people.

    None of this probably is a surprise to anyone here reading this but after awhile i found it difficult to watch other people, creative or not, well known or not, feel as though their self worth depended on like and follower counts. It became incredibly depressing to see people liking their own posts to increase counts to inflate their status in some artificial way. It became so obvious none of it was healthy no matter how many genuine connections could be made there, the platform itself was the issue.

    I had stopped using other major social media long before IG was the only one left. Extremism and negativity that prevails on all sides of every issue became overwhelming and i saw it for how nonsensical and toxic it is.

    Now i spend my time offline mostly or when i'm online viewing content and not participating on platforms that deliver it otherwise (YouTube, private Twitter to see news on things i follow / enjoy / am interested in).

    For years as i struggled with my own mental health i felt as though i was unhealthy, but the more i pay attention, the more i see in the world around me...

    I see how far i've come and how well i'm doing considering the health issues i have. I'm not attacking people online, arguing with strangers, yelling into the void picking fights, and i'm no longer spending my time being depressed by seeing good people get turned into egomaniacs seeking likes and followers on IG.

    I may not be perfect, i may still struggle at times, but as far as i can see in 2022 given life on Earth in general, i'm doing pretty well considering and that's what counts.

    #SocialMedia #Instagram #Ego #MentalHealth #Awareness #selfawareness #OnlineHealth #online #Society #BipolarDisorder #Anxiety #PTSD #Perspective

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    💚💪🏻 NATIONAL GASTROPARESIS AWARENESS MONTH 💪🏻 💚

    #Gastroparesis #Awareness #Cure

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    Do you go through periods of catatonia as part of your mental illness?

    Trying to reach out to people who understand what I go through.
    I know that catatonia is pretty common but I'm interested to learn how it affects you in comparison to other people and their experience of it. #Catatonia #MentalHealth #SchizophreniaSpectrumPsychoticDisorders #Awareness #Experiences

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    Father’s Day - An Open Letter To An Absent Father

    Read My Letter ➡️ mentalhealthpath.com/fathers-day-a-letter-to-an-absent-father

    #FathersDay #neglect #absentfather #MentalHealth #Parents #Addiction #Trauma #Youdonthavetocelebratefathersday #Healing #Anxiety #Breathe #Awareness

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    Cycles

    It seems that he’s explored all of this place
    And he just can't seem to find his way back home, so here he is again.
    It used to be easier and he knew the amazing man he once was.
    It’s all changed now.
    Now he just wanders around and he’s lost because
    He took a wrong turn and now he’s stuck and doesn’t know his way back home
    Where are you?
    He will never believe
    That anything will get better, or be like before.
    He would rather just fall away because He can't
    Make this pain go away and hes
    Tired of searching for nothing
    He’s screaming for help.
    Yet the room is soundproof.
    He can't pick himself up from the ground
    He can't take the pressure & guilt pushing down on his brain
    He spent the years dreaming and hoping and more
    But now to him the thought of living is a struggle, and he doesn’t want to be a burden anymore.
    ‘Stand by me
    Please take me
    Away from this scene’
    And before you know it, addiction has sucked him back in and eaten him whole, what is left anyway.
    He’s fallen apart
    You've taken me and destroyed me up and now there is nothing left
    “I just want to feel real again, someone give it back…”
    #Depression #Addiction #MentalHealth #Awareness #MightyPoets

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    #Fibromyalgia thoughts

    I’m working on creating some posts for this upcoming week for Fibromyalgia Day on May 12. I’d really like to know and include what other people with fibro wish those without fibro knew… if you are willing to let me share, please let me know! I’ll keep it anonymous! #Fibromyalgia #ChronicPain #Awareness

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    Happy National ASL Day!

    Today is National ASL Day! 🤟🏻🤟🏼🤟🏽🤟🏾🤟🏿

    Did you know that the American School for the Deaf opened in Hartford, Connecticut on April 15, 1817?

    “There, teachers and students worked together and, by intermingling Native American Signs, French Sign Language, and even Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language, American Sign Language (ASL) was born.”

    National ASL Day is celebrated every year on April 15. This day celebrates and honors American Sign Language. ASL serves as the main sign language of Deaf groups in the United States.

    Growing up hearing impaired, I learned some sign language from a good friend of mine who is deaf. She and her family and friends taught me many things that I utilized and was greatly helpful. A few years ago, my grandmother lived in a building for deaf and blind seniors, I had the wonderful opportunity of communicating with them through ASL and connecting with them on a personal level due to my own circumstances of being hearing impaired and legally blind. Last year, I took some online/remote classes through the Helen Keller National Center and one of them was for communications, where I expanded my knowledge of sign language and learned more. I even got to learn about haptic signs and tactile sign language which I would greatly benefit from due to my blindness. I am so grateful for all the people I have learned more from and am so excited to teach others about ASL!

    This day is a great opportunity to celebrate and learn more about sign language.

    Do you or someone you know uses sign language? Ask them to teach you some words and phrases. You never know when it may be useful!

    Image Description: A light blue background with National American Sign Language Day April 15 in white font. On the bottom left corner of the image in a large white circle is a cartoon hand doing a sign for I love you.

    #ASL #ASLDay #AmericanSignLanguage #NationalASLDay #NationalASLDay2022 #NationalAmericanSignLanguageDay #Inclusion #inclusionmatters #Accessibility #Language #Awareness #Deaf #DeafBlind #HearingLoss #HearingImpaired #Communication #Celebration #AmericanSchoolForTheDeaf #DeafCommunity #Opportunity #Love #people #communications #Students #Student #learning #AccessibilityForAll #AccessibilityMatters #Inclusivity #Inclusive #DeafCommunity #DeafAwareness #SignLanguage