“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
From the creation of this website I stated that writing a blog is hard. Particularly when the subject matter grows more intensely personal as time passes.
But I’m doing it. It’s gotten easier, week by week, to let go of my fears and open up about aspects of living with a mental illness that I do still feel might cause problems for me going forward due to the stigmas associated with these topics.
The reason it’s gotten easier is because it has reinforced my belief that words matter. That stories matter. That sharing our stories is important.
This is a project that has helped me grow, learn, and help others at the same time.
My confidence grows every time I open a new page to begin writing something new.
I’m a big fan of lists. And my list of topics for future blog posts is practically unending. I love writing, and sharing these pieces of what lives inside me has been an experience I am overwhelmed by.
So I’d like to thank everyone who is following my blog, leaving comments, or are simply reading it and accompanying me on this journey I’ve taken on.
In case you haven’t clicked on the page about who I am, here is the TL:DR version. I have bipolar affective disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, general anxiety disorder, attention deficit disorder, and rejection sensitive dysphoria.
I talk and write about mental health because that’s how I process. That’s how I work to break the stigma that says mental illness is what defines me.
Impulsive? Opinionated? Persistent?
Those are some of the words that actually define me.
My name is Lori. Welcome to my world.
Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess
“Everything’s a story – You are a story – I am a story.”
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