May 17, 2018

**This post may be triggering to those who have experienced suicidal ideation, depression, have lost someone to suicide, or suffer with a mental illness of any kind. This post is not intended to substitute professional health. If you are experiencing suicidal ideation please reach out to a trusted loved one and seek professional advice. This post is intended to provide home and encouragement but does speak of suicide.**

If you are currently suicidal and are in the U.S. please call: 1-800-273-8255 or text 741741 (from anywhere in the US) to talk with a trained Crisis Counselor. If you are currently suicidal...

March 21, 2018

Whether you're bedridden, housebound, or just trying to get through daily life, chronic illness is known for causing various degrees of isolation. The emotional and physical isolation will try to break you, and once it has, it'll take everything in you to fight it and fight for authentically vulnerable relationships. I wish someone had warned me that isolation would be a side effect, or a symptom, of chronic illness. I wish someone had told me that it didn't always have to be that way.

 This is one of the first pictures I posted on my @StrongerThanPots Instagram account. I remember when I first saw it and...

March 4, 2018

 Image from Emily McDowell's empathetic card line 

Grief is most commonly known as the psychological distress experienced after losing a loved one. However, any loss can bring about the anguish caused by grief.

Many psychologists have established 5 key stages in a grief process but in reality, grief is as unique as the person experiencing it. For the sake of simplicity, I will be relating my experience of developing POTS with the 5 stages of grief most commonly used: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Categorizing grief in 5 stages is definitely an oversimplification of a messy and compl...

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