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You've got to ask the question

"Patient states that she is depressed. She denies contemplating suicide."

The thing is, you didn't ask. I get you're busy. I'm just another patient. You just met me. You've already made so many assumptions, why not another one? I have answered this question literally thousands of times. It's not awkward for me. Is it hard for you? It is necessary. It's more important than that scale you had me step on. More indicative of my health than that blood pressure reading with that cuff that didn't fit. Better analysis than your quick assessment of the "normal" lab work which is outside of the statistical definition of a normal distribution, but you don't know that I do that kind of work for a living. So, I will go back, Doctor. Back next month for that appointment not because I have faith in our long term relationship, but because you didn't ask. And you need to ask. You need to ask me and every patient after me. Because I want you to be like the doctor that asked me before. I want you to save a life. #Suicide #MentalHealth #toughconvo #savealife

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#keepmovingforward #onefootinfrontoftheother

At this #time last year I started having high pitched noises in my ears, my skull felt tingly and hot like it was #onfire , and #Brainzaps in my head and neck, and feeling like electricity was going down my spine. I thought I was #Crazy because no one can hear, feel or see what was happening and debilitating #mylife . 2 MRI's done on 12/27/19 I get the call from my neurologist. No pinched nerve, no m.s. Two #brainanurisyms . Both need surgery. I ask my neurosurgeon if the symptoms I've been having aren't anurisym related then #wtf is it?? #anxiety #stressresponsemode #fightorflight
3/6/20 I had a full #Crainiotomy afraid to touch my head or look at myself or ask for help. My first surgery in my life was #BrainSurgery . The photo here is Miracle who stood by me, or pulled me, so I'd #NeverGiveUp . Second surgery was 7/23/20. Anxiety #savedmylife even though it was due to working non-stop as a counselor with #peoplewhousedrugs and training thousands on how to #savealife from #opioidoverdose with #Naloxone but I never took time to care for me, I gave it away. My anxiety is better, still sucks daily but not like before. Except for today, it was a replay of #Healing and of #hurting . #Miracle , once again pulled me through, and I didn't fight her.
I fought anxiety. And won.

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Stem Cell Donors

It’s 6 years ago today that I had a Bone Marrow Transplant for relapsed AML I was fortunate to have a family member to be my Donor, but too many people are not that lucky! If you can, please consider registering to be a Stem Cell Donor & potentially save someone’s life! Thanks #AnthonyNolan #DKMS #BMT #BoneMarrowTransplant #StemCells #StemCellDonation #Leukaemia #AML #Cancer #AcuteMyeloidLeukemia #savealife


Late night thoughts

An artists way of expression is through imagery and color, but what about your thoughts? Maybe even mine? What picture do they paint in your head? Are they gruesome and mean. Filthy beings only there for the pleasure to break you down....
Do you know someone dealing with those thoughts? If you asked yourself if you know anyone who is struggling, would you help them? Maybe you know that you, yourself, are struggling. So my question for you is.. Would you be the one to help the way a pencil or paint brush helps an artist? Would you be the one to bring the color back? #Thoughts #SuicideAwareness #MentalHealthAwareness #EatingDisorders
#BodyDysmorphicDisorder #PTSD #Anxiety #Awareness #helpingothers #savealife #worthit #StayStrong

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Listen with empathic ears
Feel with your heart
Touch so that they may remember that warmth and genuine love. Look through their vacant eyes if they will let you so you can leave something for them to reference when it's dark in there. Speak words that could change their minds, remind them of their worth and value
Wait and watch and be prepared to go should your instincts tell you to.
These are the only things I know to do. Lessons I never wanted to learn ##savealife #dontwishyouhad