Using Pain for a Bigger Purpose

I always knew my brother’s story was powerful and would need to be told. I felt a calling for me to do this but would think, “it’s his story, not mine.” I also wanted to respect him and never say anything he wouldn’t want me to share. Now, my brother isn’t here to tell his…

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Mental Illness Doesn't Get the Last Word

With the start of a new year it seems everyone is reflecting on new goals and aspirations for 2020, and leaves 2019 in the past. They look at what 2019 brought, and focus on the hopes and dreams they want 2020 to bring. Now don’t get me wrong, I felt this way last year. At…

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My Brother Was More Than His Mental Illness

From his sister’s point of view There were 13 1/2 years between my brother and I. Some may think this age difference would mean we weren’t very close, but that is so wrong. My brother and I were very close. When I was little he would play games with me, usually video games, board games,…

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Someone’s Story

Cultivating Empathy I feel like I should preface this post by saying: it’s a pretty deep topic, but something I feel deserves and needs to be addressed. I’m sure a lot of us have heard the saying, “you don’t know what that person is going through.” But have you really thought about it? Do you actively…

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