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    An Open Letter To Anyone That Is Struggling (Including Myself)


    We all struggle at some point whether it be with mental illness or physical health problems. This is just a sad fact of life but the good news is that we are stronger than what is in front of us. Sure our health problems may never go away but don't let that discourage you from reaching your goals and dreams. You are just as special as anyone else and just as capable even if you have limitations. There is something that makes each of unique.

    If you're struggling with negative or anxious thoughts like I am then take a breath and acknowledge it. The more you acknowledge it the less power it seems to have over you. Sometimes our thoughts are misleading only guided by emotion. This is okay so long as we are willing to work with it. Struggling does not make you less than, it makes you human.

    We are all on this journey of life together and our struggles possess the ability to teach us things. Some lessons are hard to face while others come quite easily.

    The point is, you are stronger and more capable than you give yourself credit for. I sometimes downplay may accomplishments but I shouldn't. Neither should you. If you got out of bed today-good. If you ate-good. If you went to work-good. Every little accomplishment deserves attention no matter how small. By celebrating our victories we validate ourselves and we deserve that. Our feelings and situations are valid even if others don't think so.

    I am an abuse survivor and I am proud of myself for speaking up and telling my truth. I hope that by doing so I can show other survivors that it is okay to speak up, even if you are afraid. I know I was.

    What I am saying is, you got this. Whatever life throws at you is not impossible. So go out there and shine like the brilliant person you are because that's the world needs, more people like you. I believe in you.

    As always please stay safe and reach out for help if you need to.

    #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #PTSD #SexualAbuse #EmotionalAbuse #Life #strength #MightyTogether

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    January is 10 Days In!

    Hello Everyone.
    Welcome to another episode of #WhatOnEarthIsHappening ! 🤣

    My emotions nose dived today like as if I was flying in an air plane circus show. #emotional time periods are not the best times, but they can be #Valuable when we have #Anxiety . I started to #think about all of these things that I have experienced so far since my father had died in March 2022.

    When my #Dad passed away... I lost my favorite pain in the @$$. I was his favorite too. I #Love and #MISS my Dad so much. #Death is not an easy thing to #handle . But while I was #dealing with the #Lose of my Dad, I had them lost my job right after coming down with a terrible #illness .

    It was a nightmare for me how I #lost my #Job and my #daddy all in such a short time span. I haven't found another job since because I have not mentally been #prepared for #MentalHealth is something that needed to be worked on as I am still #grieving over my father and my job.

    So... Here I am... #RidingTheWaves that come in and out in my mind. Sometimes I just need to #RollWithIt and do what I need to do in the best way I can,.. even if it isn't my usual best. #Trying is better than #denying and #Procrastinating .

    I must start small.
    If I want a #Job ... I should try a small part time job somewhere. Maybe a retail job.. but.. even #Retail can be #stressful these days. It's getting #worse now that #AnxietyDisorder is getting stronger or more intense with me. But I will do my #best to #KeepWalking onward.

    Do you have any words of encouragement for me?


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    "Here you are living, despite it all." -Rupi Kaur

    I remember there was a time when I didn't want to live, I struggled with #SuicidalIdeation and even attempted suicide in 2019. Just typing those words takes me back. Yet today's inspirational quote reminds me that despite all the #Abuse I've survived that I am still here. #Depression is a scary and dark place as well as being lonely. It tricks you into thinking that you are not worth it and that no one loves you. I bought into this. Especially because I was still getting over having been abandoned. I was living by myself and had no family to support me.

    Not to mention I was undiagnosed which didn't help much. I was struggling with #PTSD symptoms and was later on diagnosed with #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder which I am still struggling to accept. I've been hospitalized for mental health before so I know how scary it is to be in a place where you're not sure what's going on. I know how hard it is to keep going and relying on yourself. I used to #Selfharm by cutting. So I totally understand anyone that is struggling. I'm in weekly therapy too. All I can say to anyone struggling is, I believe in you. I know how scary it is and that's okay. I hope you have support and can make the best life for yourself. If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts/urges PLEASE SEEK HELP. You are worth it! Your life matters. Don't let what happened to you defeat you. You got this!

    #SexualAbuse #EmotionalAbuse #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Inspiration #Quotes #Life #SuicidalIdeation #Love #Hope #strength #MightyTogether #Selfharm

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    Armed With Knowing

    So many...
    Too many... Thoughts and Feelings
    Violently ripping away at my mind... Constant and Contradictory
    They strip me of any sense of worth...
    Everything I knew I needed to do, To be
    To see pride in my father's eyes,
    Washes away in a devastating Flood of Anger...
    Fists, tears...
    Confusion and fear hidden beneath a cloak of Bravado..
    With relationships destroyed and buried...
    At the bottom of a bottle.
    Distraction curing all my afflictions
    One drink
    One bag
    One fair weather friend at a time.
    Incredible how a smell, a sniff alone returned to me what I was so quickly losing...
    Melting away any self doubt
    Confidence and Ambition
    Warming me up again...
    Until it became too warm..
    Changing from a smolder to a... Combative force.
    Appearing cold as I leave carnage in my wake.
    Though... my jobs, relationships... my self-worth.
    My hope.
    Also lay disintegrating along with the rest of the dismembered remains
    Cocaine couldn't save me, it isn't strong enough to fight this Tyrant..
    Every moment of everyday that I survive in the clutches of this... Hungry Thug,
    My mind is burning and my body aches
    Today has to be the last, that I seek cover in this void
    Tomorrow I will fight. If I fail, then I'll riot the next day and create anarchy the next.
    Then maybe, someday,
    I will finally
    Detatch myself from the wearisome, tedious, and exhausting grasp of
    Bipolar and
    Borderline Personality disorder
    I didn't know then, what I know now...
    Now I have hope.
    Now I am armed.
    #inowknow #Bipolar #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #BPDDiagnosis #unhinged #itsnormal #expression #strength #diagnosed #maybeiwillbreatheagain #armedwithknowledge #andsomepills #mommaalwayssaidimcrazy #notanymore #itakepillsforthat #noshame

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    Strength #AbuseSurvivors

    We are survivors! We stand tall! We will continue to survive! The abusers don’t win. Even on our bad days, we still get up! We are courageous! We can do it!
    #Abuse #PTSD #SexualTrauma #EmotionalAbuse #Healing #strength #Hope #SexualAssaultSurvivors #InspirationalQuotes

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    The Holidays

    #strength #resiliance #Determination #Love

    Sometimes a picture says a thousand words!

    Sometimes you need to read a thousand words!

    Sometimes you need to hear a thousand words!

    Them that see Them that hear Them that speak 🗣️

    Be your own #Muse #Repeat #21dayhabits

    Just Watch what God will do for you!


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    Still Going-Even With Depression

    Not sure how long this episode is going to last but a combination of things have really helped. One of those things being a change in outlook. I no longer look at my depressed #BipolarDisorder episodes as hopeless like I used to. They are more manageable because I changed my outlook. I am not saying that it doesn't get to me some days, some days are harder than others. But I manage to remain thankful. Also lifestyle and diet changes help a lot. Lemon water is a natural mood booster and ever since I've been drinking it I've been happier. Not like mania happy but just happy in general. I highly suggest drinking lemon water if you want to get healthy or to experience its mental health benefits. Having coping strategies also helps. I use writing as my main outlet (as you can see) but for some people it may be something else. Especially with having #PTSD it's important to have a go to coping mechanism. But even when my #PTSD isn't acting up I use writing as a way to unwind. I'm not sure what I use for #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder but I suppose that because it has a lot to do with self-perception that I can start on that. So as you can see, all these factors help to get me through. Today I am thankful for the ability to share my journey with others. What has helped you to cope?

    #BipolarDisorder #Depression #PTSD #Abuse #abusesurvivor #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #thankful #Blessed #Hope #Inspiration #Striving #thriving #strength #Writing #coping #Lifestlye

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    Clear Path

    So far this week I've been doing okay. I have a lot to be proud of myself for. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I can tell my story without getting too triggered. I can release all those pent up emotions that have been blocking my path. There are days when my anxiety acts up but I can move through it relatively easily now.

    There are so many things I am grateful for. I believe it is important to show gratitude. I am here and well (mostly). I have people that love me, I have a job and somewhere to live. It is the little things.

    I do my best to manage my physical and mental health. I am slowly healing from my past of abuse. I am slowly getting to where I want to be. My path continues to clear as I begin to love and accept myself and what I have survived. It is not an easy path. I still have days and sometimes weeks where the negativity seeps back in. But I continue to heal.

    The more I see the positive in my life the more clear my path will become. I am not going to tell you to stay positive because I know that advice doesn't always work but I will tell you to be grateful. Sometimes all it takes is a grateful heart. May you find what you are looking for and may your path clear for you too. Stay strong and you will be okay.

    #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #SexualAbuse #SexualAssault #strength #MightyTogether #Asthma #checkin #abusesurvivor #Selfharm #suicideattemptsurvivor #Healing #Writing