Goodbye old friend

The death of a pet is horribly painful, and tonight I am feeling that heavy grief. My mum called this evening to tell me our family dog died today. If you don’t own a pet, then it’s likely you won’t understand what it is to love an animal as part of your family. This daft…

A gigantic thank you

Just a short post from me tonight. You’ve probably heard enough this week already. But that’s what I want to talk about; how fantastic it was to be heard when I was in a lonely, cold place with nobody to talk to. Writing about what was going on for me last week is one of…

Day 7 on the psych ward: The ordeal is over!

I am finally home. I cannot put into words how glad I am that it is all over. The relief of it, the huge, huge relief, keeps making me burst into tears. I will write more tomorrow, but just wanted to tell you I am safely home. I’m hoping that I will have a long…

Thank you

A year ago, I wrote my first post on this blog. I had no idea back then how important blogging would become in my life. I couldn’t have anticipated how much this community would one day mean to me. This space allows me to breathe. It is so valuable to have a place where I can…

Here’s to surviving Christmas

I just wanted to post something short, to say please don’t be lonely. Christmas is a tough time for so many people. I’ve taken inspiration from a friend who put up a post asking people to leave a message if they are feeling lonely. I’m doing the same. I’ll be online most of the day,…

Inventory (part 1): What did you lose in 2015?

Ever taken an inventory? It’s something they always pushed in AA, but I hated their moralistic standpoint on it. The exercise was basically about identifying everything you’ve ever done wrong and atoning for it. A friend recently posted an inventory of her losses (a suggestion from the ‘Courage to heal’ book) which I found thought-provoking. I…