Last month, I had the privilege of marrying my best friend.
This is something that never would have even crossed my mind as a possibility when I was suffering from an eating disorder. When I was sick, friendships were difficult, and romantic relationships were nearly impossible for a multitude of reasons. Read More
I’ve been rather hurt and frustrated recently by attitudes surrounding mental illness and faith. As both a Christian and someone living with mental illnesses, I long for the day when the greater Christian community stops seeing someone with mental illness as being less faithful.
I grew up surrounded by a stack of labels and lies about myself so high I could not see my own worth or who I was through them.
Some were applied on my own — such as feeling like I was the reason people I loved were hurt and left my life — and others came through either the people around me, the way I was treated, or illnesses I wouldn’t understand until I was much older.
A guy once told me I was like a mermaid.
Now this sounds like one of the coolest compliments ever, doesn’t it? However, just as I was about to feel flattered and thank him, he explained: “You lure people towards you, only to drown them, and then blame them for getting too close.” Read More
Flaws do not make me a failure; flaws make me human. I’m not perfect, but I’m all kinds of awesome, because I’ve learned to live a life free from labels and free from lies.
The scars that were left on my heart may have formed patterns in my mind of insufficiency, but it is time to break free from those patterns and re-learn new ones.