MOMMY-ING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

Parenting in general is difficult. There is a real struggle to find a harmonious balance between your needs and those of your child(ren). Sometimes it seems more impossible than a difficult task. Those parents who are simultaneously coping with mental illness tend to see those struggles amplified. The fact that I never wanted children is […]

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BODY OF BETRAYAL

TRIGGER WARNING: this post contains events of self harm and sexual assault. Before we go any further, dive any deeper, please know that this was a difficult post. It has been in the works for several months and experienced many rewrites. I’m certain it is not well written in the least. And it took me […]

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LOST IN MY MIND

Gosh, it’s been a spell. Which means this is likely to turn into a bit of a ramble. But I’m not going to apologize. Like I normally would. There would be no point. I have nothing to apologize for, right? Did I (semi) remove myself from the chaos encircling the world? Fucking right I did. […]

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THE TROUBLE WITH WORDS

Mental health has gone mainstream. Viral even. But mental health is not mental illness. Even though the two terms are increasingly used as if they are synonyms. For those living in the US, May is Mental Health Awareness Month, here in Canada awareness is raised in October. Regardless, I thought it a relevant time to […]

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INFO MANIAC

The amount of accessible information increases exponentially every single day. The digital era has brought along with it a consumption issue, an insatiable thirst unquenched even by the ever-growing availability of information. One trip to the web finds us absorbing inconceivable amounts of data. And that amount isn’t necessarily problematic. What is a problem is […]

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OUT OF SIGHT, BUT ON MY MIND

Many of us have been in one spot for the last several weeks. But that hasn’t stopped me from feeling utterly and completely lost. Those dark feelings I am so used to feeling have lingered longer and heavier with each day that passes. The logic that resides so deeply within wants me to believe that […]

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DOMINION OF GREY

When I was diagnosed with my first mental illness I was about fifteen years old. It was explained to me like this… …if you think of inherently happy people as being in the white and severely depressed people as being in the black…you live in the grey… …and, to me, that made perfect sense. It […]

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BY THE POWER OF POD

When something unexpected happens adjustments are necessary. Sometimes an entire revamp needs to happen. Other times the slightest shift in a new direction is all it takes to find your footing again. My diagnosis took me by surprise and threw me for a loop. It forced me to reimagine my post-secondary plans and that left […]

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MIND OVER THE ATLANTIC

I’ve pinched myself a million times. Literally. There’s welts and bruises. And I still cannot believe it is true… Me, the gal with Type 1 Diabetes and a bunch of mental illnesses, was asked to come and sit on a panel, next to several awe-inspiring folks, and share my story. The story of how I […]

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MY BODY & ME

And another piece ended up on the floor. I was trying on my entire closet worth of clothing and, much to my dismay and embarassment, very little of it fit properly…if it fit at all. I was recently offered an amazing opportunity but that opportunity forced my hand and this impromptu fashion show. Has it […]

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