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Live your words, girl.

I talk a lot of talk about stopping the stigma and feeling no shame over my mental health, or lack thereof. For some reason there is one population where I still feel shame, my extended family. They have no idea how to take my illness. It is foreign to them, as am I. They invited us to have dinner tonight. Every other time they invited us anywhere, I refused to go. I am not living my words. I always strive to keep my word but here I am not. Lord, please give me the strength to change this. #TheMighty #MightyTogether #StopTheStigma #noshame

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Time to look within

This may not end up being a very well-liked post, but nonetheless I feel led to share it.

I pride myself on being a nonjudgmental person. I strive to put aside differences in favor of relationship.

This view of myself has recently been challenged as I am beginning to believe we all have a tendency to stigmatize others, even if it is subconscious, due to cultural upbringing. In the past several months, I have befriended two individuals, one of which practices a different faith than I do, and the other who has a lifestyle that contrasts with my traditional conservative values. My experience with them, connecting with them online and before I learned of these differences, has brought to light the fact that had I met them knowing of these differences, I would have been less inclined to see them for who they really are, amazing, thoughtful, and kind people. Before we point fingers at others for their stigmatizing beliefs, maybe we should look within to see if we, ourselves, are unknowingly doing it to others. This in no way excuses the stigmatization of others, just like their behavior in no way excuses ours.

"First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.". - Matthew 7:5

#TheMighty #MightyTogether #Stigma #StopTheStigma #Judgement #selfawareness

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Sacred Stigma?

This post encompasses both of my groups, #IntercessionforIllness and #StopTheStigma . It also brings together my dual calling.

The original meaning of the word #Stigma means "mark" or "brand". It also refers to a tattoo (which will get me back to the pic in a moment). The plural for stigma is stigmata which speaks of marks resembling the wounds left on the body of Christ after the crucifixion.

One of my tat goals is to symbolically replicate said wounds onto my body as a way to make real for me what I believe was done for me. The dots on my wrists are representative of the nails driven through the wrists into the wood of the cross.

Regardless of your personal beliefs, I encourage you to rethink the word #Stigma . Maybe it's time we take that word back, bringing it back to it's original meaning, making it a good mark or brand onto our identities no matter what that may mean for you.

#IntercessionforIllness #StopTheStigma #Stigma #Meaning #Disabilities #MentalHealth #MightyTogether #TheMighty

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Mighty Meds

*This Is Not An Endorsement*

There is a stigma out there when it comes to going on meds for treatment of mental illness. Know there is NO SHAME in doing so. Receiving proper treatment, even if in the form of pharmaceuticals, is you being PROACTIVE in your own wellbeing. This girl is on a mood stabilizer and an antidepressant. She is also prescribed an antianxiety med for when anxiety strikes. In addition to that, I am prescribed a muscle relaxer for neck pain which is in no way different than being on the others. Not only that, but over the course of 25 years, I have been on two mood stabilizers, two antianxiety meds, and seven antidepressants. I feel absolutely NO SHAME in it and neither should you. #meds #noshame #proactive #Wellbeing #StopTheStigma #MightyTogether #TheMighty

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Stigma Sucks

Brainstorm with me.

A new friend kindly brought to my attention that stigma of MENTAL ILLNESS is not the only type of stigma people face. I was appreciative to learn that those with PHYSICAL DISABILITIES are right there with us when it comes to enduring unfair and unfounded judgement. I want to know of other populations dealing with stigma. If you know of any other circumstances that invite the ignorant judgement of others, please comment below. We all need to stick together. We Are #MightyTogether #TheMighty #StopTheStigma #Education #Awareness #MentalHealth #Physicaldisability

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Who of you has felt the sting of stigma? If so, and if you feel comfortable, what exact diagnosis was stigmatized?

For me, my Borderline Personality Disorder is highly stigmatized and to read the opinions online about us who have it can be downright painful and triggering. I urge others with this challenge, don't do it. Don't ever look it up unless it's to educate yourself on it. Don't go to any sites that post the opinion of others. Even search results can be disheartening.#Stigma #Misconception #Wrong #triggering #revictimization #StopTheStigma #TheMighty #MightyTogether

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I would like to share with you why I decided to create my two new groups.

I seem to have dual callings on my life and I thought they'd be best explained by my chest tats.

If you have gone to my profile then you have seen in my bio my military - inspired description. That is because for my entire life I have been in a war and everyday is a battle. In order to externalize my inner fight, the words on my chest are survivor, fighter, soldier, and warrior and no I have never been in the military. My war consists of my survival of trauma and mental illness. My battles are my daily efforts to find and maintain equilibrium.

The cross in the middle has the semicolon placeed on top. The reason for this combo is because not only do I fight my own battle but I do what I can to #StopTheStigma by advocacy and education. The cross because it is my strongest weapon against my enemy and because I have been called to alleviate whatever pain I can in others through #IntercessionforIllness . I have been called to be Jesus' hands and feet and His ambassador on this earth.

I desire to inspire others to fight these battles alongside me. Our enemy is fierce and we need as many as we can get as many soldiers as we can get to fight the good fight. A lot is riding on this. It is literally life and death. I don't want to see anymore lost to our adversary. Suicides can be prevented if we band together to be difference makers.

Any takers?

#MentalHealth #MightyTogether #TheMighty

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Hello my Precious Peeps!

I have gone out on a limb and created two groups for us to pool our power and to fight our personal challenges along with the public's response to them. Join me in fighting our pain through #IntercessionforIllness and doing what we can to #StopTheStigma . We are #StrongerTogether . #MightyTogether #TheMighty

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Contrary to what the mainstream media and "anti-opioid" lobbyists would have you believe, legally prescribed opioid painkillers DO actually work for chronic pain. Opioids have been used for thousands of years to provide relief from pain, so why is there a mis-perception or inference in recent times they should only be used for acute pain?

In America the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines state there is "insufficient evidence to determine long-term benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain" [SEE LINK BELOW], and in Australia we are told there is a "lack of evidence for opioids in the management of chronic non-cancer pain" [i.e. based on the International Assoc. for the Study of Pain Policy Document February 2018].

Many anti-opioid activists claim there is “no evidence” or "insufficient evidence" opioids work long-term, yet there are NO high quality, placebo controlled studies routinely conducted for longer than 3 months. Therefore, to say there is no evidence is "a misleading statement, because non-opioid pain medications and alternative treatments are not studied for long periods either."

IF there are no reputable or "good studies" that go beyond 3 months [i.e. due to funding and other regulatory and scientific restrictions], surely the absence of evidence is NOT evidence of absence? There is a silent majority of responsible chronic pain patients, using their opioid pain killers safely and successfully for many years, yet their voice is not being heard.

#research #CDC #IASP #OpioidCrisis #PainManagement #Opioids #Painrelief #prescriptionopioids #Dontpunishpain #ChronicPain #PainManagement #OpioidEpidemic #OpioidCrisis #opioidtapering #forcetapering #Dependence #Addiction #opioidprescribingguidelines #OpioidHysteria #fearofopioids #opioidrestrictions #chronicpainpatients #deprescribingopioids #abandonment #untreatedpain #OpioidUseDisorder #SubstanceAbuse #PainKillers #StopTheStigma #Holisticcare #qualityoflife #noonesizefitsall

Study Finds Opioid Medication Effective for Chronic Pain — P...

Study Finds Opioid Medication Effective for Chronic Pain — Pain News Network

By Pat Anson, Editor Opioids have been used for thousands of years to provide relief from pain. But are they an effective treatment? Are they worth the risk of addiction? And do they improve quality of life? Millions of chronic pain patients who use prescription opioids so that they can work,
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