Have you ever had suicidal thoughts?

I struggle with chronic depression. Having multiple chronic illness isn't helping. I remember being in the doctor's office when she asked me, if you weren't married and didn't have a child would you kill yourself right now. I burst into tears because the answer was "yes". I didn't register that I was suicidal until that... Continue Reading →

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Depression & Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are a challenging and often not talked about aspect of Graves or any thyroid issue. Many people find support and even skills by seeing a therapist and taking anti-depression medication. Even if you tried a therapist and it wasn't a good fit, keep looking. There are therapists that have some training in... Continue Reading →

Let’s support each other

Mentally healthy human beings do not seek to destroy others. If you are comfortable with who you are and where you are in life and understand that struggles are part of the path, we will seek to support each other, not put others down to feel better. Part of the reason why I have this... Continue Reading →

Mental & other invisible illnesses

We often try to control all of our more negative emotions, to prevent tears from flowing, to suppress the internal depression that is so difficult to live. We try to hide our inner turmoil. It feels like it's an absolute shame to feel bad, to lack energy and motivation to function. We only want to... Continue Reading →

Parenting with chronic illness

I'm sharing the following because I know deep inside that I am not alone in this struggle. I know that there is strength in knowing that there is a lot of people out there who understands and go through the same guilt, worry and hopes. I'm always tired. I am forever falling asleep. I can't... Continue Reading →

Understanding exhaustion

Hands up if you didn't get enough restful sleep last night. I'm raising both arms. I have sleep apnea. I stop breathing 53 times an hours. Sitting in the doctor's office, I listen as he explained that even after getting treatment for sleep apnea, I might not feel rested like many of his other patient.... Continue Reading →

Punishing chronic illness sufferers is not okay

The management team at my current workplace made me feel very small. It is becoming clear to me that they view people with chronic illness has being unreliable individual who need attitude correction. What management is doing isn't helping to "correct my attitude". I don't have a bad attitude. I am sick. No matter how... Continue Reading →

Please don’t hide, ask for help

Mental health is starting to get the recognition that it deserves, but there is still more work to be done. Depression is a common mental health condition that causes a person to feel very depressed for weeks or months. It is important to ask for help when you feel depressed. Depression is a common illness... Continue Reading →

Let the sunshine in

I've been struggling with depression lately and I know one of the reason is the constant gray and rainy weather. Although I love to snuggle up with a book and hearing the rain, too much darkness tends to weigh down on me. Making sure to open the blinds in my living room and my bedroom... Continue Reading →

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