It’s okay to admit you’re struggling

It's okay to admit you're struggling

I sat at the desk in my office, staring at the computer screen with tears in my eyes. There was no reason to be crying; nothing had happened to make me upset. But there I was, tears and all. A deep, dark, unsettling feeling lay heavy on my heart. It was the kind of feeling capable of making you believe something is going seriously, horribly wrong. I was devastated and I had no idea why. If I’m being honest, I[Read more]

For I know the plans I have for you…

I remember running into someone I had known before my life changed drastically from my mental breakdown. We spoke briefly about the struggle I had faced and why I left the Christian camp I worked at because of it. Noticing the tattoo script on my arm, they quickly said ‘Let me guess, Jeremiah 29:11?’ When I said yes, I received a knowing smirk and an eye roll. I know why that specific verse caused such a reaction. The frustration I[Read more]

It’s time to have another conversation – #BellLetsTalk

Since 2012,  I have sat down every year to speak about the importance of #BellLetsTalk, an annual event designed to break the stigma surrounding mental health and access to mental health care in Canada. My having Bi-Polar and two anxiety disorders is no longer a secret, and part of that is in thanks to #BellLetsTalk. Through meeting one of their spokes people (Olympian Clara Hughes), to reading the hundreds of stories that pour out on this day each year, and[Read more]

I don’t support the Pro-Life movement, but I’m not pro-abortion

  Earlier this year, I wrote for the first time about abortion and some of the thoughts I was developing about it. Since then, I’ve struggled with where I stand on the issue, and tried to figure out ways to express it. Thankfully, I have a friend who is great at tagging me on posts with articles all about these kinds of issues, that have helped lead me to where I am today. She also is the reason I realized[Read more]

The invisible illness doctors denied

Up until the year 2014, Chronic Lyme Disease (as well as normal Lyme Disease) was regularly denied by doctors in Canada. As the disease had not been present in the country for a while, doctors would diagnose a million different reasons for the symptoms, but wouldn’t consider the illness. As ticks carrying the disease started to appear throughout the country, they chose not to test them. Some are still denying the existence of the illness. A big part of the[Read more]