Hailey Coleman – Now, I Have Power

Moments of safety and strength are where I live now. Yet every day I miss you. I can laugh, cry and smile now. This is power. I wouldn’t trade these abilities to feel your cold steel grip again. Yet every day I miss you. I pass a scale and feel your skeletal fingers beckon me [...]

By |2019-10-01T11:09:53-08:00October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Kira Dorothy – Find Your Feather Stick

Whenever I've had rescue animals, they have been older animals needing new homes. Last spring was the first time our rescue animal was just a baby. She was a 7-week old kitten who was so tiny that she slept inside our shirts. We named her Lily. In her first week at home, one of us [...]

By |2019-10-01T10:59:44-08:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Naftali Garber – The Forgotten in our Society

This past Shabbos I was reminded of how far I think we have to go in how we treat a large percentage of the population. A relative’s kid had come down with a case of cancer and the whole family was in disarray and going through a ton of anguish. The sympathy I felt, and [...]

By |2019-09-26T11:52:16-08:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Katey Whiteman – “Little Miss Sunshine”

When I was a little girl, I watched my older brother struggle with alcoholism. It broke my heart to see him go from a thriving, smart, hard-working basketball player with tons of natural talent, to a racist loner who would rather spend time with a bottle than family or friends. He's ten years older than [...]

By |2019-09-24T10:56:42-08:00September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kira Dorothy – Changes

Come gather 'round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You'll be drenched to the bone If your time to you Is worth savin' Then you better start swimmin' Or you'll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin'. - Bob Dylan [...]

By |2019-09-06T14:48:44-08:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Chris Morris – One Year Later

One year ago today, I shuffled out of the psych ward. They said I was ready to face the world again, and that my suicidal thoughts were under control. I wasn’t so sure. I knew the demons that I still faced every morning, and every night, and every moment in between. But, I was apparently [...]

By |2019-09-05T11:13:35-08:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Recovery is Non-Linear by Sarah Fader

Recovery is Non-Linear Recovery is non-linear. Anyone who says that getting better is a straight line - I want their secret. I want to be stable, but what does that mean? It means sometimes being unstable, wobbly, broken in particular ways. We shatter and come together. We hurt and we heal. We scream, cry or [...]

By |2019-08-30T14:51:36-08:00August 30th, 2019|Categories: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Panic|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Kira Dorothy – Butterflies, Moths, and Skippers.

Today I read, "growth is painful. change is painful. but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong." I don't feel stuck these days. I feel like I am learning to fly. As I am learning to fly, I wanted to use a butterfly metaphor ... but then I decided that moths [...]

By |2019-08-16T14:11:09-08:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments