When Mental and Chronic Illness Collide

A Spoonie's Journey



Their’s is the Kingdom of God

There is a time when you admit defeat.  You don't always do it, and you don't do it if it can be avoided.  If you do have to admit defeat, do it gracefully, humbly and quietly. We all get in... Continue Reading →



Hope. When I have nothing left in me, when I have no more spoons and no more energy and no more tears to cry, I have hope.

To the Spoonie Who Doesn’t Think They Deserve Love

The last two nights, I’ve had dreams about my partner cheating on me. I wake up in the morning with a giant pit in my stomach, the kind that comes from a dream that just literally makes you sick. And... Continue Reading →

6 Ways to Help Out the Spoonie

Having a mental illness or a chronic illness changes a lot about life. It affects our lives in so many ways. Too often the people in our lives don’t know how to take care of us. When someone you know... Continue Reading →

How to Help A Loved One with Mental or Chronic Illness

Recently, I was talking with another spoonie.  She was talking about the stigmatization she faces not only from the world but from her own family regarding her mental health diagnosis.  Her family keeps telling her ‘just be stronger,’ ‘just get it... Continue Reading →

Energy Giving, Energy Draining

  This originally appeared as a contribution on MakeItUltra, written by me as a contributior's post. My mother has always preached to me about “energy giving, energy draining.” It has been such an important life lesson, and recently I learned... Continue Reading →


There's just something about comfort... comfort anything.  Comfort food.  Comfort medicine.  The comfort of being home. Having been away from home for a while, it feels good to be lying in my own bed and listening to country music from... Continue Reading →

I am me.

Strong.  Courageous.  Brave.  Inspirational. People actually use these words to describe me, and every time they do, it blows my mind. Me? I don't think so. What is so brave about writing?  What is so courageous about sharing my story?... Continue Reading →

Living and Learning Through the Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Each day I say that prayer.  Sometimes I repeat it over and over... Continue Reading →

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