I sometimes forget that I have opted to share this blog through Facebook. I don’t check FB everyday so when I logged in this morning I surprised to see several messages regarding the fact that today was a good day or in regards to posts I made when I was not quite as cheerful. Hopefully my personal messages will put a small chink in the stigma of mental illness. I have a mental illness but that is not who I am.
I am a father of two teenagers, & husband. For years I was ashamed of being Mentally Ill. I no longer feel that way. I have a manageable condition that in many ways is no different from other illnesses. Sure many people who have a mental illness don’t or can’t get the help they need, but is that different from someone who has a heart condition or MS?
Like anyone else I have good days and bad days. My good days and bad days are probably much more intense than most of the general public can even imagine. Likewise I have no idea what it feels like to suffer from other conditions.
So yes, today is a good day. I managed to spark some conversation and that is a good thing.