So what is it like living in a Mental Hospital?
Hey everyone! I apologize for the month-long wait. I was diagnosed with a new chronic illness last month and I've had to direct all my energy into staying afloat. So that's what I'm choosing to write about today. I was diagnosed with gastroparesis. Basically, my stomach is paralyzed. It doesn't work anymore. I lost a… Continue reading A New Chronic Illness
TRIGGER WARNING This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about SELF-HARM and SUICIDAL THOUGHTS/ ATTEMPTS which may be triggering to those who struggle with suicidal ideation, cutting and other forms of self-harm. September 2, 2015. The suicide attempt where I would have been successful without the intervention of the police. There's a wide variety… Continue reading After an Attempt
TRIGGER WARNING This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about SELF-HARM and SUICIDAL THOUGHTS/ ATTEMPTS which may be triggering to those who struggle with suicidal ideation, cutting and other forms of self-harm. If you follow me on Instagram, some of this will sound familiar. A few mornings ago, I had an unfortunately realistic dream that… Continue reading When it Rains, It Pours
I see the light that I'm chasing A memory, but it's fading When it's gone I'll be waiting Knowing it's too late There's no sugarcoating it: recovery is hell. It's not easy to make a complete lifestyle change and fight against actual chemical imbalances in your brain every second of every day. Even living in a… Continue reading How 1 Band Helped Form My Recovery
This weekend I wrote a letter of complaint to the patient relations at my hospital. Being an advocate on my blog and Instagram can only get you so far. I took the courageous action to share my story with the people who will hopefully really help me make a difference. And it's only right that… Continue reading Dear Patient Relations – An Open Letter
5/23/17... a year ago today I arrived home after a 2-month residential stay at Rogers Memorial Hospital. It may have only been 2 months, but there was a long road that led me there, and a lifetime of memories to treasure afterward. My first mental health diagnosis (Borderline Personality Disorder) came about because I went to… Continue reading Reflecting On Rogers Memorial Hospital
"I will never again ask for help from anyone for my mental health. Especially in an Emergency Room." - the patient kept anonymous I don't blame this person for their feelings. Honestly, I'm feeling the same way after a dozenth failed experience in the ER last week. And the bits of conversation I couldn't help… Continue reading The Problem with the ER