The lovely Quiet Borderline recently made this award called the Strong Person Award. And the lovely S Howard just presented it to me. I’m honoured and so glad to be recognised as a part of the blogging community with so many other great writers/people out there.
A bit about the award:
Here are the rules for accepting the Strong Person Award:
1. Make sure to add in the text (below) and image (above) to spread the love and add how little or how much you want!
You heard me right! You are not weak, you are strong. You are not a failure, you are a fighter! This goes out to all mentalists. And it’s a gift from The Quiet Borderline to you all – Please spread the love. Mental health is not something to be sneered at and it deserves much more respect. Stop the stigmatising.
2. Name your diagnoses – Stand loud and proud! You can tell us a little about them also if you’d like. How you’re affected by these diagnoses and how you are fighting your way out of them. (see below)
3. Add a photo of yourself, or some abstract picture that represents you, anything you like! (below)
4. Send this on to as many, yes, as many, people that you like. It can be five, ten, fifty. (below)
OK, here goes!
My diagnoses: Originally depression and anxiety way back about 8 years ago, agoraphobia developed around 6 years ago, Bipolar diagnosed in Feb 2009. Possible complex PTSD mainly as a result of childhood abuse and losing my one and only baby to stillbirth in 2007.
How am I fighting them? Gosh, it’s been a long and bumpy ride that has included being sectioned, lots of admissions to the mental health hospital, an attempt at a few sessions of bereavement counselling (that I thought I was ready for, but wasn’t), dabbling with drugs and alcohol, moments of trying to watch inspirational and positive videos, attempting to learn mindfulness to keep myself calmer. Needing (unashamedly) various medications to get me to where I am today. My wonderful, non judgemental parents who have always been by my side helping me through the shit and their endless love towards me. And finally, by starting to believe in myself again and recently making the decision to start a college course which begins next month to give myself a positive focus for the future.
A photo of myself: Well after my recent video I haven’t got much to hide, but all the same I’d like to pick a reasonably flattering one of me! So here goes, this is me – the person behind My Crazy Bipolar Life.
And not so happy me at my little boy’s headstone:
Who am I sending this award on to?
Well a few of you might have already received it, but I’m sending it again to make sure!
And I also wanted to send to Purple Noise but for some reason can’t access her blog at the moment.
Thank you again for this award, I wear it with pride, it means a lot