A chronicle of the struggles and triumphs that come from living with Bipolar Disorder, Dysthymia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and occasional bouts of Major Clinical Depression …
it is also about the horrific child abuse that caused these illnesses to be a part of my life.
To better understand the trauma of my childhood, and the lasting impact it has had on my life – mental illness, my therapist suggested I keep a journal:
This blog is an exploration of self and my feelings about the circumstances of my life.
I hope sharing my journey will increase awareness of the very real and devastating connection between child abuse and mental illness, and empower survivors to find joy and lasting peace in a life worth living.
Addendum 1: January 2, 2015: In the fall of 2014, my father contacted me after thirty years of estrangement; in addition to the original purpose of this blog, posts that follow also explore the idea of reconciliation, forgiveness and second chances.
Please keep in mind as you read: the words on these pages are my thoughts as I process events and circumstances. Like all attempts at understanding and forming one’s own position, my process is not linear, nor is it necessarily definitive in the moment.
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Disclaimer: I do not blog anonymously, names are correct or omitted. What is written here is based on my real-life experience; it is an account of the people and events that have shaped my life. This blog is written entirely from my point-of-view and is not intended to malign, medically diagnose, or defame anyone. All explorations, discoveries, opinions and conclusions are my own. As this story is mine, I have the legal right to tell it.