September 12, 2018

September 10th-16th is national suicide prevention week in the U.S.

September 10th is world suicide prevention day.

September is suicide prevention month in Canada.

I have written about suicidal ideation many times before, but in honour of suicide prevention week, I wanted to organize all my resources in one convenient blog post.

Why am I talking about suicidal ideation on a chronic illness blog? Well, if you're chronically ill, you already know the answer to that.

Because chronic illness is hard. Living with chronic illness can be isolation. Enduring chronic illness is mentally draining. And because depressio...

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...

January 17, 2018

I intended to have this post ready to publish on January 1st but life happened.

And that's what this post is going to be about- that life happens.

That we can make New Year's resolutions all we want but ultimately, life will happen. Unpredictable hospitalizations, new treatment side effects, and flares will all try their best to get in the way of our goals. After all, the only predictable thing about life with a chronic illness is that it's unpredictable. With this in mind, it's very hard to plan day-to-day life, let alone new years resolutions. 

When you have a chronic illness, the beginning of a new y...

January 10, 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 only intended to shine light on an important issue and share what has personally helped me.**

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...

January 4, 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 only intended to shine light on an important issue and share what has personally helped me.**

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...

December 21, 2017

**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 only intended to shine light on an important issue and share what has personally helped me.**

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...

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