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.

Contact me:  tashockley62@gmail.com  OR  tandrsemail@gmail.com

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.  

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello, and thank you for the follow. I have had some of the adverse childhood experiences listed in your blog and really had no idea how much of an impact they may have had on my adult life. I’m a recovering alcoholic with food and drug abuse issues as well as bipolar disorder; I guess I never really put two and two together. Thanks for the work you’re doing to help people like us.

  2. Hi – thanks for the comment.

    This blog has become a major part of my therapy – and I’m very glad to know it is helping to raise awareness of the link between child abuse and mental illness.

  3. Hey! I’m not sure what your policy is on awards, but I think you deserve the recognition so I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! =]
    There is no pressure to accept, participate, or follow the rules exactly.
    If you are interested, you can check it out here: http://wp.me/p374p6-1uS

    • Thank you, Tempest! It may take me a few days to get all of this done – start of the school year, but I accept. It’s an honor.


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