Standing tall

Let’s make it clear. People with health issues of any kind are not defined by them.

I am smart, funny and feisty. I am kind, loving and loyal. I am thoughtful, inquisitive and creative. What I am not, is crazy.

I have chosen to talk openly about this particular part of who I am because there is still so much stigma, inaccurate information and lack of understanding around mental health that urgently needs tackling. I know first hand how difficult life can be, that there are people out there that really need help. If I can be there for others by putting myself out there, I’m happy to do it – I want to do it.

Anxiety, depression, eating disorder, OCD are/have been a part of my life. As have other medical conditions but funnily enough, no one’s ever judged me for my gall stones or dislocating knee.

I’m going to say this loud and clear, for everyone in the back – I AM NOT ASHAMED.

It’s so easy to dismiss people as a loony, an attention seeker, a drama queen and any other derogatory remark that is a staple of outdated and small-minded thinking.

My advice – educate yourself. Work on your empathy and understanding; work on your compassion for others. Because you have no idea when this very same beast at which you scoff may come hurtling into your life to cause havoc for the ones you love.

Someone might say you’re fat. It doesn’t mean that you are.
Someone might say you’re crazy. It doesn’t mean that you are.
Someone might say you’re ugly. It doesn’t mean that you are.
Whatever they say – always remember that we are not defined by the gaze or opinions of others.
Shank You Very Much

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  1. Fabulous words of wisdom. None of us know what lies ahead so being kind to everyone is essential. We all face battles and need support. Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

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  2. Too right. This is why i like reading other blogs. It teaches you so much about others and their struggles. You commit to listening to someone. Actually read their point of view.

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  3. So true. When I went through burn out I was told to “get my act together”, that ” others had their own shit to deal with”, etc. No one understands unless they go through it themselves … And I lost people because of it, people I considered friends … But in the end … It is no loss, my burn out was a tough friendship sieve, and they fell right through it. I healed a little over a year ago for which I’m very grateful.
    Very important post, thanks for sharing!

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  4. I love this so much! Thank you for talking about mental health so openly and you’re so right- it doesn’t define you, even though you may have it. You’re so much more than that. And people shouldn’t judge you for what illness you have. It’s amazing how much more sympathetic are when you have a cold than when you tell them you have anxiety. As if having anxiety is a choice, unlike a cold! But thank you again for speaking up and sharing your story. You’re doing so much by just being honest 🙂

    Emily

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  5. This is a good post, very informative. We all go through a period where we allow others opinions of us to define us. Especially with mental illness because you cannot see the pain its causing

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  6. Appreciating the time and energy you put into your website and detailed information you provide. It’s awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same old rehashed information. Fantastic read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

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