World Mental Health Day!

Today is World Mental Health Day and I want to celebrate it! 

You know from my previous posts that I have been feeling different lately. Not bad. Just different from who I used to be and it's all because of the mental challenges I face as a survivor with PTSD.  I know PTSD isn't me; rather a small piece of me and I know that by choosing to live with it gracefully I am changing the face of mental illness. It isn't always easy and there are days that make me feel like I am drifting backwards but I choose to pick myself up, put my lipstick on, and fight for my health.  That is what this day means to me.

I can't change my diagnosis but it's changed me.  In so many ways PTSD has made me see my life through a new lens. It's helped me truly enjoy my blessings. It has helped me recognize that we all have pain. It has taught me true compassion for others. Though it's added a weight to my shoulders, I am finally able to carry it now only so I can bless others by sharing my journey.

One in four people will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lifetime. 450 billion people are currently suffering from such conditions in the world. So if you have someone in your life who is living with a mental challenge take some extra time to show them you love them today.

Late last week I was contacted by Jason Berry, a reporter with CBS 5 and AZ Family 3TV, with an opportunity to share my story. He thought it would be helpful to those in our community who have been impacted by the massacre in Las Vegas. I am sharing it here in case you missed it.

Boston Marathon bombing survivor reaches out to help Vegas victims

What a blessing it was to share with him and viewers all over my state.  I hope and pray I can reach more survivors in the coming weeks, months, and years.  I know that they will need help someday. As someone who has navigated this PTSD journey on my own I know what they are in store for but they won't be alone. I am here. So many other survivors are here and we want to help.