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Mental Health

If you’ve been around this blog for any time at all, you know that my younger sister, Tiffany, has a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. She faced serious and significant battles with mental health and addiction between 2004 and 2010, but has since had two children and has been managing her life in much healthier ways. Proper medication and a strong support system have been – and will continue to be – crucial to Tiffany’s success. We’re incredibly proud of how far she’s come, and want to ensure her continued movement forward towards a happy and healthy life in which she’s able to thrive independently as a woman and mom of two.

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When Tiffany was going through her worst of times, between 2004 and 2010, I journaled all about the seemingly never-ending series of traumatic events. It helped me sort through the constant barrage of thoughts and feelings that were running through my head, and it helped our family keep track of all the things that were happening. Because let’s be real, things got a little crazy, twilight zone-ish in fact.

To this day, those 231 pages of raw, unedited single-spaced content sit for my eyes only. I occasionally make updates and entries, and have always believed that one day it could be turned into a book that would help individuals and families struggling with significant mental illness and addiction. But that is an enormous undertaking. There’s a ridiculous amount of raw material to sort through and organize, and that in itself would take months. I do not take the prospect of that project lightly whatsoever, and trust that God will take lead if He wants it to happen.

In January 2015, I invited my sister to be a regular contributor on this blog. Our plan is to have her write a guest post once a month, but there may be occasional months we skip. In her posts, Tiffany will document a single day in her life. My hope is that the posts will raise awareness of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. But I’m also hoping the posts will help readers recognize that we all have hopes, dreams, challenges and mountains to climb regardless of our mental health status.

Below are links to all posts written about my sister, or by my sister on this blog to date. Enjoy!

Blog Posts I Wrote About My Sister in 2012 and 2013