May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.
Considering health activism through blogging? Be careful what you wish for. Are you prepared to become a lightning rod for your cause? We’d all like to be happy little bloggers. You will face opposition, criticism, insults, and more. A lot of it will get very personal. The people who appreciate you the most are the least likely to let you know you’re doing a good job. Most days you will wonder if anyone ever visits your blog or reads beyond the headline on Twitter.
My chronic illness started at age five. As a result, my diagnosis became part of my identity. Words like “sick one”, “weak”, “sensitive”, “can’t take the stress”, and “fragile” dot my life story. I resisted the stereotype by over-achieving. All that extra effort ultimately reinforced the unpleasant reputation by triggering a migraine anyway. I would …
What would you say if I told you it was possible to change your perspective? Would you think I was delusional? You would be right. I choose mild delusion over reality.