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    For YOU: A Word of Encouragement

    Here's a word of encouragement to you. Yes, YOU! You matter, your concerns matter, your pain matters. It's true that you often get overlooked or are misunderstood. Sometimes you get blamed. You may even feel guilty for feeling like you make things hard for people or "not doing enough." After a while, that gets to be an extra burden to carry. As hard as it all is -- and "hard" barely begins to describe it. More like impossible. I know because it's My experience too.

    But here's the thing. You're doing more than your best and you're so much stronger than anyone will even know. You accomplish more by getting out of bed than some people accomplish all day. You're here, and you're doing the impossible. Maybe you need someone to tell you they care, they see you, they understand. Maybe you wonder if anyone cares. Take this as that sign. You matter. I care, and I believe in you. Thank you for being you. Much Love.

    #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #MentalHealth #RareDisease #Depression #Anxiety #FamilyAndFriends #encouragement #Erythromelalgia #CheerMeOn #ComplexRegionalPainSyndrome #Insomnia #PTSD #DistractMe #Fibromyalgia #PeripheralNeuropathy #RareDisease #Disability

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    One of my favorite quotes from The Help. This quote gives me encouragement on harder days. Is there a quote that you love or find helpful? If so I would love for you to share them. #encouragement #UpliftingQuotes


    Letting Go

    The best choice of letting something go I've made was my previous two workplaces. They taught me invaluable life lessons, but it was time to go after a year or a year and a half, and I am thankful I did. If I had stayed, I would have missed out on the current wonderful opportunities I have. #thankful #Opportunity #Reflection #encouragement

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    Mark Heard - Spoken Word

    youtu.be/IjoYMXmN4Pw #encouragement #BipolarDisorder #markheard #Depression

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    My Happy Places

    When thinking of happy places, I'll try to remember some of the happy trips I've taken with friends or family. This is in OH, where I visited a former college roommate this summer. #Travel #encouragement #Relationships #Beauty #Outdoors #Hope

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    A Glimpse of Fall

    Happy September, everyone! Here's a pic from the latest hike I took. I hope the loveliness brightens your day, too! #Photography #Beauty #encouragement #Hope

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    Coping mechanisms

    I almost dated a guy who found my relentless foot boucing really annoying. Its a coping mechanism I adopted from my Mom. I do it even when I don't necessarily feel anxious, its just comforting. My current boyfriend actually finds it just as comforting as I do. Keep surrounding yourself with people who care. He knows it helps me and he put in the effort to try to understand. Just very thankful for my support system.

    #AnxietyCoping #restless #encouragement #supportsystem

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    I’m proof that you can and will come out of this darkness of depression

    As many of you know me here, you know I’ve struggled with the longest, deepest and most painful depressive episode of my life for almost an entire year now. I had lost all hope of ever returning to any kind of normalcy. My days and nights were filled with fatigue, anxiety, and every negative emotion possible, most of all guilt for my condition. For almost an entire year I didn’t leave my bed, I struggled to even shower or brush my teeth. I almost lost my house, couldn’t take care of myself or kids, lost my job, I lost everything. It’s as though depression came in and knocked me on my ass as I sat numb at all I lost. I really thought my life was over at 38. It’s an experience I’ll never forget, that honestly almost took my life on many occasions. BUT I’m here to tell you, there IS hope. I’m not saying I’m magically cured but I’m slowly returning to human. It took 11 months but I finally found the correct cocktail of medication to help me after so much trial and error. I’m here to tell all of you to hold on because there IS an end to this. If you ever need someone to talk to, I’m here for you as many of you have been there for me through this horrible part of my life. Thank you everyone!!
    #MajorDepressiveDisorder #Anxiety #CPTSD #encouragement #Hope #HoldOn #MightyTogether