WHWM came from a desire to tell others about my experiences having a mother with a major mental illness. Join me as I share pieces of my life with a mentally ill mother, discuss trials, overcoming shame, finding resilience, fighting fear, and living with hope and joy. There is something profound that can come from sharing the hard stuff with others. I think it reminds us that we are all in this together. There is just something so captivating about this life from the deep sorrow that forces us to look beyond ourselves to the immeasurable joy we can feel in one simple moment. It has been in my lowest moments that I have found the deepest connection with my Savior, and my happiest moments that I have truly allowed myself to let it all go, even if for a short time. I find this immeasurable sense of courage that comes from getting down and getting back up again. If that is not beautiful, I don’t know what is.
My hope is that by sharing this, I will help decrease stigma and encourage others to “own their story”- no matter how tough it can be. I believe doing so will set you on the path to a more authentic you. I encourage you to share what I have to say, because with your help, we may help someone else. After all, 1 in 5 adults in America will experience mental illness at some point in their lives and 1 in 25 adults will experience serious mental illness. This is our friends, our family, our co-workers, our church family (and no, you cannot pray away mental illness- Just ask Tommy Nelson.) Join me and take the Stigma Free Pledge today! #iamstigmafree
While, everything I write will not be about my mother’s mental illness, our life experiences have molded me to be the person I am today. I believe that taking care of the mind, body, and soul is essential to reaching a higher level of wellness. Wholehearted living is not an easy task. It requires lots of vulnerability, mindfulness, some tough examining of why we do things the way we do, and owning exactly who we are in the moment, not who the world tells us we should be. Although it is difficult, I believe living this way is one of the best things we can do for ourselves here on earth! The more we practice this, the more we can fully love. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength….”
WHWM is dedicated to everyone God has placed in my life to support me when times got really tough. To name a few: Mom and Dad, Andrea, Terry, Tiffany, Ginger, Kelli, JJ, Heather and to the man who has completely changed my life for the better, my wonderful husband, Doug. To all of you (and so many more), thank you for loving and treating my mom like the beautiful soul she is, and thank you for loving my flawed self unconditionally.