I reside in Ontario, Canada, have been married for 40+ years, never had any children, but have one ‘spoiled’ dog named “Emma.”
Intense psychotherapy began in 1994 (at age 38) to tackle the demons that disturbed my everyday living, resulting in the diagnosis of PTSD (childhood sexual and emotional abuse). As I began this journey of uncovering abuse, it ultimately led to years of significant depression, hospitalizations, ECT treatments, and unemployment.
Throughout these daunting years, I journaled daily, and thankfully I did as ECT robbed me of many years of long-term memory.
My journals proved invaluable. With those full pages of hopeless and helpless writings, I was able to compose articles that expressed all the emotions felt in the areas of my life discussed in therapy. Writing has forever been my passion.
I returned to the workforce for about six years; however, life currently presents itself with numerous health-related issues where I continuously struggle with bouts of depression, chronic migraine pain, and other invisible illnesses.
At this moment, I continue with therapy from time-to-time dealing with day-to-day issues. Recollections of sexual and emotional abuse from my childhood pop up, bringing with it the sting and agony followed by outbursts of sadness and emotion.
I am also a cancer survivor, as in September 2018, I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer (stage 1). An excellent surgeon performed successful surgery, and I am cancer-free for the time being.
This fantastic blog started in 2007.
What exactly will you find while you scroll through these posts? Good question:
I post articles in a “what comes to mind that day“ or if I’ve stumbled upon an engrossing editorial, descriptive article, news release that would interest or benefit my readers or anything that would relate to my blog.
My preference is to post shorter research articles so that the reader does not end up in snooze land, however, some of my personal written articles are a bit longer! Included will be a variety of various topics, beautiful poetry, quotes for inspiration, images and re-blogging from other blogger’s incredible posts.
Mental Health/Illness topics addressing: Stigma, PTSD, childhood sexual and emotional abuse, depression, bipolar disorder, narcissist parenting, narcissism, migraines or chronic pain, eating disorders, cancer, other mental illnesses, psychotherapy, or other abuses. Also, personal articles about my journey through depression, the healing process of PTSD, maternal narcissism, psychotherapy, and cancer, etc.
With “Living in Stigma”, opportunities have come my way in the form of a series of articles on mental health on the website “Mind Your Mind”.
In 2011, I was interviewed via podcast on “Safe Space Radio” from Portland, U.S.A addressing “Mental Illness Stigma”.
I have “guest” and “ghost,” written many articles and posts relating to mental health and other health-related issues on different blogging sites.
- You can take a peek at some of my replies to questions asked on Quora.com.
- I also ventured into the world of writing children’s books. On Storybird.com, (my username is skyblue79) I’ve created a few children’s picture books, quotes, and poems as a start, and thoroughly enjoy this unique form of writing.
- I began a new project in November 2017 (which explains my absence from blogging) and entered the world of Print-On-Demand. Aside from my passion for writing, I have a huge passion for art and developed graphic art skills to design products for online product marketplaces.
- I’ve written many Kindle journal/diary notebooks for people who require migraine headache tracking, ostomy output logging, and SCAD heart attack patients to keep track of their health. These are available on Amazon.com.
Thanks for stopping by, if it wasn’t for all of you this blog wouldn’t be the success it is with over 465,000 visitors.
updated April 2020.