Face the Mirror

Written by Jan, a guest writer


I was born paralyzed from the knee down and with other nerve damage. Depression for me came about in high school, but I believe it was more situational for me than for others. For me, I was often down because of things I couldn’t do. Continue reading Face the Mirror


Being in Pain Sucks


I won’t do a disservice to those who have lived with chronic pain for years by putting myself in the same category. I haven’t received an official diagnosis of “chronic pain” due to a life-threatening or non-curable disease. I have experienced medication-resistant pain for years though.

The problem with pain is that it is so outside of our control. Continue reading Being in Pain Sucks

Facing a Fork in the Road?

Road sign

Most of us have reached a point in life where paths diverge. It becomes a question of what path – what life – to choose. There are no guarantees of how a particular path will work out. No saying which will be easier, which is attainable, which leads to success.

It’s scary choosing when you have no information. Continue reading Facing a Fork in the Road?

Open Letter to My Depression


Hello depression. It’s been a while since you’ve reared your ugly head. I know you’re there, I can feel your presence.

I can feel the way you push my buttons, the way you force sadness unto me. You don’t like it when I see what you’re doing, but you enjoy that I can’t stop you anyway.

Hello depression, there’s something I’d like to tell you. Continue reading Open Letter to My Depression

When Desire Hurts

Do you ever want something so bad it hurts?
I mean, it physically hurts. It feels like the icy fingers of dread slowly creeping up your body. It inches its way to your heart and wraps its coldness around it. It’s like when you get a pit in your stomach, when you’re waiting for bad news….except it’s in your heart.

Continue reading When Desire Hurts

When You Feel Like Giving Up

Those of you who still listen to the radio and/or contemporary music, you may have noticed a new song that turned the heads of a quite a few listeners, both in the studio and out. As it grows more and more popular, it’s hard not to truly listen to the lyrics and hear what it’s about. In saying that, when I first heard it, I was surprised. By the title alone it’s obviously talking about mental illness, which is something not often addressed in that art form. It’s so different. Daring, almost. However, as it’s slowly being played more on the radio, I’m finding it’s just as strong as when I heard it that very first time.

Continue reading When You Feel Like Giving Up