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    Words are the silence that can be spoken

    After reading Tara Westover’s “Educated”, Paula Fox’s “Borrowed Finery”, and Alan Cumming’s “Not My Father’s Son”—Jeanette Winterson’s “Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?” seemed a natural progression of my literal literary journey through other people’s dysfunctional families.

    Particularly as I have one of those myself.

    I often find myself, leaning into that darkness; conducting a field study of sorts; of the lived experiences of others, to compare against my own. Desperately searching for clues as to how they managed to escape the chaos of familial dysfunction intact, or at least semi intact.

    Doesn’t trauma do that to us all? We seek out answers, explanations, and ways to escape?

    I always found my escape hatch in books, and I can tell that this one is going to be a helluva immersive read. To wit; I’m only on page 8 and already find myself awed by this excerpt:

    “Truth for anyone is a very complex thing.
    There are so many things that we can’t say, because they are too painful. We hope that the things we can say will soothe the rest, or appease it in some way. Stories are compensatory. The world is unfair, unjust, unknowable, out of control.

    When we tell a story we exercise control, but in such a way as to leave a gap, an opening. It is a version, but never the final one. And perhaps we hope that the silences will be heard by someone else, and the story can continue, can be retold.

    When we write we offer the silence as much as the story. Words are the part of silence that can be spoken.”

    Looks like my weekend plans are sorted! What is your current read? 📚

    #MightyBookClub #BookExcerpt #Books #Childhoodtrauma #PTSD #Trauma
    #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder
    #childhoodtraumasurvivor
    #ChildhoodTraumaSurvivors
    #Anxiety #Reading #Early Childhood Trauma
    #ChildhoodAbuse #EmotionalAbuse
    #EmotionalNeglect #EmotionalHealth

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    Blogging as therapy

    Recently I have started to blog as a way for me to work through things and to maybe help others feel they are not alone in the struggles of chronic health conditions and chronic pain. While I don’t get traffic really, it does help somewhat to put my thoughts down and out there.
    If you are interested, it’s resilienceandwhatnot.com, between the blog, being creative with crafting and reading- I feel I’m starting to have some kind of outlet.
    While these methods don’t work everyday, at least it does help some days.
    What do you do for an outlet?
    #ChronicIlless #RareDisease #ChronicPain #Anxiety #ChronicDepression #Mito #Outlet #Blog #crafts #Reading

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    What's on your bookshelf?

    Do you love to read? What's your favourite book? You can write it in comments down below.

    I love to read when i have time. I love more pshycological books and another.

    Here a list of my favourite books:

    1. Dale Carnegie - how to make friends and influence people
    2. Bipolar disorder - Masha Pushkina
    3. Krasnya tabletka 2 - Andrei Kurpatov
    4. Hobbit
    5. Mortal machines - Philip Reeves

    Here it is.

    I drew this from imagination and i think i need to learn more.

    #Bipolar #MentalHealth #Art #Books #Reading #

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    What are you reading right now?

    Any of you voracious readers? If so, what kinds of books do you enjoy? Fiction, non-fiction, mysteries?

    I'm a non-fiction lover myself. Some of my most recent favorites have included: 'Atlas of the Heart' by Brene Brown, 'Untamed' by Glennon Doyle and 'Unbound' by Tarana Burke.

    Drop some titles below that you are enjoying!!

    #Trauma #PTSD #CPTSD #Reading #booklovers #Books

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    Fictional characters with Fibromyalgia?? #fibrowarrior #Fibromyalgia #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #Selfcare #Books #Cantsleep #Reading

    I would love to read a book that features a fictional character who has fibromyalgia. Please comment if you have read any good fictional books whose characters have fibromyalgia.

    I would also love to see a recommendation for a motivational book for people with chronic pain/chronic illnesses. If it's a book specifically about fibromyalgia, please make sure that the author has fibromyalgia themselves before recommending. I know that that sounds nitpicky, but I have heard enough BS for a lifetime 😅

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    Book characters with Fibromyalgia? #fibrowarrior #Fibromyalgia #ChronicPain #Reading #Selfcare #readinglounge

    I know about the book, "Get a Life, Chloe Brown," by Talia Hibbert. However, it is hard to find fictional characters with fibromyalgia to relate to. Does anyone know any other fictional books where fibro is mentioned?

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    Feeling a Bit Hypomanic

    I've been hunkered down writing nonstop, the ideas just keep coming, and who the f*ck needs sleep?

    I have a bipolar II diagnoses, and I tend to be more down than up. So, when I do start to feel up, it can be really intoxicating.

    I have to keep in mind, however, that there is always an inevitable crash after hypomania. The recklessness involved with a hypomanic episode is never worth it.

    Time for some coping skills, and to grab my copy of "Rock Steady" by Ellen Forney off the shelf. This book is an all-encompassing guide to living life with bipolar disorder to the fullest without losing your sense of humor along the way. I highly recommend it.

    Wish me luck! :)

    #BipolarDisorder #MentalHealth #MentalIllness #Depression #Hypomania #copingskills #Reading

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    The "daymare" I am living within.

    This is a place where we can share our #Thoughts and our #feelings to one another. I have been #Trying hard to make things right with my life, and I know that it is difficult. I think a lot of us in this world feel a bit #lost right now. It is understandable because of what is happening in #ukraine and #russia at the moment. It is also #difficult to deal with #MentalHealth at the same time when you have a #MentalIllness that does not ever take a break. #Medicine can only take you so far in this world to make things #stabilized in the mind.

    When #stressful situations occur, it is more difficult for those who have mental health conditions to handle than that of someone who does not have it. It is because we are already battling a mental war trying to use our #Therapy skills to apply to the #behavioral aspect of things while the medication helps take care of the #Neurological aspect of things. However, on the right kind of #Medication we are able to handle things a lot better. Of course we will always have some kind of #Sadness in our lives, as it is not the #Goal of medication to make us #robotic . However, the medicine we take does help to ease the existing conditions we already have so that we are less #sensitive to the #Extremes we would feel without the medicine.

    I have #BipolarDisorder so this is something that is already a #Battle since I was about 16 years old. Sometimes all I can do is put on some lipstick and handle it the best way that I can, even if that means I need to take a few extra #Naps in the day. Whenever you are faced with #extreme amounts of #Stress things are not going to be easy for you. That is #normal . I just #wish that life were a lot #easier to handle though for those of us who have pre-existing mental health conditions that create more conflict and blow up the #emotional responses.

    So - If you are #Reading this, please #DistractMe and give me something to think about other than my Dad's liver #Cancer

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    What are your plans this weekend??

    Anyone have anything planned this weekend?? My sister and her kids are coming to visit later today and the rest of the weekend I’ll just be home relaxing and reading 😌 What will you be doing??

    #Weekends #Weekendplans #relaxing #Reading #Anxiety #MajorDepressiveDisorder

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