Hope is Real!

I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews.

From maus by art Spiegelman “To die, it’s easy…we must struggle together”. #truth


Unfriendly reminder that in America it’s reasonable to say an unarmed black kid deserved to be shot six times because he might have robbed a convenience store, but a white kid shouldn’t be kicked off the high school football team just because he violently raped a girl.

(via finitetomorrows)

“This is what I want Robin Williams death to do-motivate people to reach out to their friends when they know they are in the throes of mental illness-give them a call or better yet, make them dinner, take them to a support group, offer to pick up their medication, go with them to the grocery store, take them to the movies or watch a movie with them at the house, do their dishes-change how we talk about mental illness-be kinder, non judgmental, non stigmatizing, BUT most importantly, I want us to celebrate his life, instead of purely focusing on how he ended it. Robin Williams was a part of my childhood-his movies were the talk of all my friends and they imparted joy to our lives. Mrs. Doubtfire is the one that made the biggest impression on me-the idea seemed a bit too silly, but he turned old lady crossdressing into an art form with his jokes and different voices. When it comes to people who died due to mental illness, I want us to focus on the whole person and not just their illness or how they died-there is so much more to people than their mental illness no matter what. We are more than a label-we are whole people.”

“You are never guilty of someone else’s suicide. They are not guilty for their suicide, for in reality what happened is that they lost their battle with mental illness. They did not “commit suicide,” as if they committed a crime, but succumbed to their illness just as if someone died of cancer or AIDS.”

“With Robin William’s suicide, it is easy to blame his actions on other people-why did no one adequately help him? I do think it is good to be more aware of how we can reach out to others if you know they are depressed, but when I think about my two friends that killed themselves in 2005, I know that it is a lie that suicide is always preventable.”

“Last week was a hard week not to succumb to depression-first there was the news about Robin Williams and then there was the news about Ferguson, Missouri and seeing the articles constantly on Facebook began to get me down. I think constant contact with the news can re-traumatize people-there’s no way you cannot convince me that that did not happen with the coverage of 9/11. Seeing the Twin Towers go down over and over again and hearing the news stories over again made me paranoid and majorly furthered my depression at the time and I know it did for many other people too.”

“Anyone that imagines fatness as the enemy and supreme insult must be very afraid of becoming fat themselves. I know from experience that living in body fear instead of body-love is a horrible way to live.”

“Fatness should be just a describing word, but we all know what it really means in this society-calling someone “fat” means calling them lazy, smelly, incompetent, ugly, an underachiever and I am none of those things.”

“We are all already good enough and I think that is one of the messages that Jesus tried to tell people. When we truly believe in our own goodness, then we do not need to justify or impress other people. We don’t need to lift ourselves up, because we are already lifted up and we know it. We can let our actions speak for themselves. We can be quiet in our good work and be filled with a much greater inner joy and peace than if we were loud and famous.”

“I am good enough-you are good enough. I do not need to boast or brag about my good deeds to others to bring attention to myself if I am already satisfied by what I have, which is an abundance of peace, joy, and love. Sometimes I have to remind myself of these gifts that I possess when others try to take them away from me and that is okay.”