My Journey from Awareness to Acceptance to Authenticity
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Hope Through Authenticity

May 1, 2017
Am I Mentally Ill?

I’m not ashamed to be depressed, manic or a binge eater.  I’m not even embarrassed to be called “mentally ill.”  But, I don’t think that label explains or helps or opens communication. What Does Mentally Ill Even Mean? I’ve been struggling for a long time with labels.  Are they helpful or harmful?  Accurate or just […]

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April 14, 2017
How About a Book Club?

I've given a great deal of thought on how I want us to enter into a more targeted discussion of our bodies and our spirits.  We will address these more haphazardly via the blog itself but I wanted something structured too. How about a book club?  We could do it here or using a FB group? […]

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August 31, 2016
The Hardest Part

​One of the hardest things about the mental breakdown was the loss of my career.  For 15 years I was a middle or high school teacher.  And, I think, I was a pretty good one.   I've gone from having 30 kids and their parents in my life every day to none.  My kids are […]

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August 16, 2016
Don't Make Me Do This Alone

Both my brother and my husband asked me the point of this website.  Simple:  I'm on a journey to find who I am, what I'm supposed to doing, how to live a life of joy and love.  I crashed and burned. Now have to rebuild something.  I don't want to do it alone.  This is a frightening […]

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    In April 2012 I had a mental breakdown. The real thing. I have about 36 hours that I don’t remember....

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  • All of my novels, at least so far, have an element of mental illness within a character.  Decide to Hope is the most autobiographical in that I struggle in many ways exactly as the female protagonist. 
    - J.C.
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