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I want to take a moment to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to all you amazing and beautiful people who took a few minutes out of their day to vote on my poem on the "Family Friend Poems" website. Y'ALL ROCK!!! I am forever Grateful and Thankful to each and every one of you beautiful people! I would also like to mention how touched I was by all your kind, amazing and generous responses on my poem. I feel heard and seen. You all left a lasting imprint in my heart 🤗💖 Thank you, Thank you, Thank you All Soooooo very much for your thoughtful support and encouragement. 😍🤗💖

#Ifeelseen #Ifeelheard #Touched #thankful #grateful

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Thanksgiving Wishes

Happy Thanksgiving to all who share in this day of giving thanks and being grateful. I have been so very thankful to all of you Mighties. Your stories, replies and pics have been wonderful and for that I Am Very Thankful
#thankful , #mighty together


Finding gratitude in my struggles

Thanksgiving isn't celebrated where I live, but I always love to participate in the yearly tradition of reflection and giving thanks for the good in our lives. I try to do this on a daily basis, but I feel it's a bit more effective when we do it in community.

I want to take a different approach this year by listing the things I'm currently struggling with and finding the light amongst them. I'm hoping it'll help shift my perspective a bit before welcoming in a new year with new challenges.

I'm struggling with sudden unemployment

it came at the perfect time. I was working 2 jobs when I became unemployed due to company budget cuts at both. A few days later both of my grandparents got sick and though they recovered somewhat, they both need extra care... something I'm able to give. With my extra time, I'm studying Python, working on art and upgrading my skillsets. I'm taking care of long pending issues in my life and making important decisions while planning for my future. These are all things I'm grateful for and they wouldn't be possible if I hadn't become unemployed when I did.

I'm struggling to face my grandparents' mortality

their health and our routine at home changed drastically over night and it was a slap in the face for me. I didn't realize how little time they have left. That being said, everyone in our family has become extremely close with each other. I've mended relationships with distant family members and they've showed up for me in ways I never expected. They check up on me every day, constantly thank me for my role in this family and insist on reminding me that their help is only a phone call away... and they show up every single time.

I'm struggling to create genuine friendships

nothing new, but it's always something. I either meet people who aren't genuinely interested in my friendship or I meet amazing people, but I lack the energy and communication skills to keep up with them. It's isolating, specially in this phase of my life. Thankfully, the friends I do have are the best friends I could ask for. They remind me of what genuine friendship is and how good of a friend I am as well. They expect nothing from me but myself, that means the good and the bad. They love me at my worse, celebrate me at my best and I'm so grateful to have amazing people in my life.

I'm struggling to keep a consistent daily routine

since my grandparents got sick, my weeks have been filled with sleepless nights, emergency hospital visits, doctors appointments and impromptu family emergencies. My well being has been on the back burner for almost 2 months and my life has lost any sort of structure. Though I'm exhausted and unstable, I'm grateful that I'm realising what I genuinely value and need to prioritise when it comes to my health and well being. Being at this "rock bottom" is showing me the root cause of a lot of issues and I feel with a few lifestyle changes, I can put measures into place to prevent me from reaching a point of inconsistency with my well being and mental health.

This wasn't easy to write at all but I'm glad I did. It gave me a bit of hope for the person I'm going to become in the following year. I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving and take time to give thanks as well.

#Gratitude #thankful

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We are in need of a new co-leader for MHC to encourage, empower, & support our members. I make a APPEAL to current members - PLEASE read below!

We are currently looking for a new Co-Leader for the Multiple Health Challenges group. We are growning fast and just passed 2,200 members. This is really exciting to me, however to be honest, I have been very frustrated that there is less activity recently and as our membership grows steadily the number of comments & replies has actually diminished. Our old co-leader Chris is no longer with the group and we need to have others step up and make up for her commitment to regularly respond to posts and comments. This means a collective effort from everyone in the group! I have had numerous layers of serious physical & mental health challenges recently and not been as active as I would like in order to step back and focus on self-care. This is a time having another co-leader to pick up the slack is essential!

My last post about hobbies was actually first posted 16 months ago (when we had at least 1,000 less members) and it got over 200 ❤️ & 👍and 100 comments then! It got only ONE this time. And Laura made a great post about disability after that and it got only two responses as well. When new members open up and post to introduce themselves and then get very little response that is even worse. I fear that new members will see this and not be active moving forward. This is OUR group everybody and it functions best when members support other members. We all have our varied health histories and with them the knowledge and wisdom we’ve garnered along the way! PLEASE let’s share these with each other. Without this empathy and understanding this group is falling short of what I first envisioned when I started the group and what it’s capable of.

For a co-leader I am looking for someone to welcome new members, comment or respond to posts and other comments & replies, and make new posts to the group. It is important for the group to have distinctly different voices to support people because people might relate more to either of us. What is a really good situation is if we both respond to the same posts, welcome new members from different perspectives and provide voices for people that are accessible and relatable. There is a commitment needed that you monitor activities on the group regularly and can respond pretty quickly.

Offering your own posts provides more content for the group. I can assist and support by offering to look at your new posts for feedback and editing before you post if you would like, will comment on your posts to get the responses going to best support your efforts, and I can help finding memes or images.

I look at potential leaders' history of posts and/or comments that have helped and supported others in the past. Willingness to be honest and open about your own health challenges is crucial to best support people.

You will get access to the Community Leaders group and your name will have a “Group Leader” tab next to it up top on your comments and responses so I think people pay attention especially to your activity and wisdom shared from your personal experience. Would you consider joining me on this journey? Let’s have a DM chat to discuss this! Thanks for considering taking on this role!

In service,

#Depression #Anxiety #MentalHealth #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #Chronicpainwarrior #Disability #BipolarDisorder #BipolarDepression #BipolarIIDisorder #Bipolar1Disorder
#ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #ADHD #Schizophrenia #AspergersSyndrome #Autism #Dementia #Concussion #Addiction #AddictionRecovery #Cancers #TraumaticBrainInjury #BrainInjury #LossOfAParent #Grief #Suicide #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #DistractMe #HIVAIDS #MightyQuestions #DownSyndrome #IfYouFeelHopeless #Hope #Deafness #neckpain #BackPain #CongestiveHeartFailure #Migraine #COVID19 #PeripheralNeuropathy #LymeDisease #Diabetes #EatingDisorder #Headache #Stroke #Cancer #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Fibromyalgia #Disability #thankful #grateful #CocaineDependence #drugaddiction #Alcoholism #PTSD #EmotionalHealth #physicalhealth #PainAcceptance #Acceptance #relief #Selflove #Selfcare #MentalHealthHero #TheMighty #RareDisease #MightyTogether #RareDisease

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#AddictionRecovery #Depression #ADHD #BPD #CPTSD #Anxiety #Bipolar #OCD #thankful

i want to say ty for all of the great messages and really makes it easier on me knowing that I have ppl on my side

it feels good that everyone is rooting for me and my means the world to me bc i hardly ever post and now i know im not alone

today is my 2nd day clean 2nd go round..i have a great therapist but i need more tbh.. like trauma therapy..i really want to check into that as ive seen great things on tik tok about it

i had a horrible child hood and first started cutting and then stopped whn i found out more about drugs at a very young age.

i had no one when i was little so all the love and support from such a great community really helps me in so many ways.

i dont need rehab as it never has helped me..i was able to get clean from meth wout any rehab..its about ppl,places and things

what im having a hard time w is that my favorite person (i have BPD) uses too..he doesn't want to get clean and that's ok..bc thats his choice

im having a hard time bc idk if our relationship will be the same with me being clean and him not.. addiction is is a horrible disease that lives within you

steals from you.. lies to you and for you.. destroy family and friends,i just want to thank you all for the support xoxo 🫂😘❤️

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So after 2+ years I finally got the answers I've been waiting for. I already knew I had Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension. Last week we just went over my Echo, Tilt Table, and Holter Monitor results and I was diagnosed with POTS and Raynaud's too. I'm just grateful and relieved for answers at this point. I'm on a med to raise my blood pressure to help prevent the fainting and I use a stationary bike 30 min a day to help build strength in my legs now. Baby steps but I'm getting somewhere. I'm more relieved than anything right now just to know what's wrong and finally be getting treatment for it, it's been a long bumpy road but I'm gonna be alright. #CheckInWithMe #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #IIH #IntracranialHypertension #RaynaudsPhenomenon #RaynaudsDisease #ChronicIllness #thankful #TheMighty #grateful

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What is something good that has happened this week? :-)

Any positive things or things you were grateful for this week? Even as little or as big as you want. #positive #Grattitude #thankful #Trying #MentalHealth #physicalhealth

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Went for a hike :D Steelhead Falls

I’ve only been only 2 hikes my entire life but I live close to many hikes especially now, I went with a mental health clubhouse program group really thankful it was beautiful! #hike #Health #Support #happy #excited #Walk #enjoyed #overjoyed #thankful #Anxiety #helped #soothe #Relaxed #beautiful #MightyTogether #newhere #New

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