Stigma Fighters

Home/Stigma Fighters

Elizabeth Ayala

My breakthrough Three years ago, I checked myself into the emergency psychiatric unit. In the three weeks leading up to that hospital visit, I went through cycles of agitation, moments of paranoia that the helicopters overhead were coming for me, and had several epiphanies. The notes I scribbled on my discoveries were simply gibberish. It [...]

By | 2017-10-16T13:34:48+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Brooke Hilton

March 2015 I trudged through the sand of Santa Monica Beach awaiting the celebration which was to ensue upon my arrival. The beach was filled with spectators as I went to the shore to set up shop. I laid out my beach towels and camouflaged workout gear. I scattered shells and crystals about with magic [...]

By | 2017-10-14T11:05:08+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|Tags: |0 Comments

Kason Michaels

Trigger warning - sexual assault  In one of my favorite movies, "Interstellar," two characters have a conversation about the nature of evil as they go out into space and the great unknown. "You don't think nature can be evil?" One character asks. "No," the other replies. "Formidable. Frightening. But... no, not evil. Is a lion [...]

By | 2017-10-09T10:36:39+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Kira McCarthy

The Day I Told an Entire Country That I Have an Eating Disorder By Kira McCarthy Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. They also have the biggest stigma. Eating Disorders (ED’s) are misunderstood, not talked about, and extremely dangerous. What makes them so dangerous is the silence. Too many people, including medical professionals, [...]

By | 2017-09-27T13:27:18+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Categories: Eating, LGBTQ, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Mary Vogt

Grip the door handle, opening with reluctance Entering foreign territory to the mind Walk to the booth, shaken to the core From the cold and sudden fear Family reads the specials for today Chowder, cheese, chocolate ganache Trembling with each word that graces my ears Time for the great escape Lavatory, my sanctuary Nauseating emaciation [...]

By | 2017-09-26T16:11:47+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Andre Golin

Asperger’s sucks. It’s like you’re stuck at the bottom rung of a social ladder, and no one cares. Like your hands are slippery and the step is wet and every damn foot above has to step on your fingers. Asperger’s is like treading on eggshells blindfolded. It’s like playing a game where everyone but you [...]

By | 2017-09-25T13:03:37+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Javier Luna – It’s okay to be a broke-dick

“It’s okay to be a broke-dick,” by Javier Luna “Don’t be a broke-dick.” I heard this phrase a lot during my 4 years in the Marine Corps. In the military, we come up with a plethora of colorful and derogatory phrases to make the drudgery and bullshit more bearable. This one, in particular, is used [...]

By | 2017-09-22T09:25:29+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Joe Caputo – “Spring of a Silent Legend”

"Spring of a Silent Legend" In the black caverns of travel Above the city beats In the cloister of clank and babble Blind to skyscraper and streets Inhaling before the egress Poprocks peppering oxygen New York's spiritual release After decades of distance and stasis In the relativity of mind and time The metropolis is where [...]

By | 2017-08-29T15:15:05+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments