• An angel

    An angelIf angels appeared on earth you were one, no one knew why, but you stood by us all,You showed us all how to move forwarded, Never did you ever turn your back on anyone, You believed in us all no matter how many demons we all fought You give us inspiration hope and comfort Even when we were at our lowest you were there for us Never once did you say we couldn’t do it, Instead you used to say ...

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  • My Oscillator

    Can my resilience get stronger through repeated episodes of distress and fortify me once the storms have subsided? Can adversity help me and make me strong? Do I expand as a man and am I changed a little after it happens?It is certainly an enduring experience I can not avoid. So I must hope I will embrace distress when it comes rather than run away from it. There is maturity in the affliction and the ...

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  • ME-ternity Leave

    ME-ternity LeaveBorn mid December, already a week late but heifers always are according to my Dad. Farming's always come first over family with him so my part in his story seems very much like a sideshow. So how did he shape my story? He pushed me away from farming and his old fashioned views on female roles as subsiduary characters. My Mum reinforced this by telling me to keep my independence and maybe this is ...

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    self-help,
    hope,
    self management,
    me,
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  • Treat or Treatment

    Treat or TreatmentLooking back can be cruel or kind, all depending on the nature of my mind. Retracing past places and faces, including my own younger state.Time though to live in the now, learning about the current me and how, to break free of other's expectations and my own past incarcerations.Whether it's on my own or with aid, knowing that I don't want to just fade, learning to be more self-forgiving, ...

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    happiness,
    me,
    journey,
    joy,
    individuality
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  • The trick...

    "The trick, William Potter, Is not minding that it hurts!" When I heard that quote through the haze of bipolar depression, I wondered if I had stumbled across a vital clue in my recovery. I realised my understanding of recovery and what it meant to my own mental health was flawed. I watched all the uplifting documentaries, I read all the hopeful stories and was so certain that if I kept striving for the same ...

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  • An Ongoing Process

    I look upon recovery as being an ongoing process, as I think I for one will always strive for progress. In recovery, there is no right or wrong, but to move on from somewhere unpleasant you have to be incredibly strong. You will need to come so far out of your comfort zone, but the important thing to remember is that you don't need to do it alone. The road to recovery can be testing ...

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    Recovery,
    progress,
    hero,
    husband
  • Fighting

    Fighting Forever I am trying Instead of giving in Going the distance Hoping I will win Taking it easy Is only a dream Nothing to lose Giving in I won't mean 14/11/16 D'and

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  • What writing means to me.

    Writing gives me the freedom to express how I feel when I am at my most confused and vulnerable. The support and encouragement that I get from my 'Writing to Recovery' group gives me the opportunity to really explore the conflicting, overwhelming emotions that come from being on this journey. Through attending these meetings, I have re-discovered my passion for writing, and it has now became an invaluable coping mechanism for me. From subjects such ...

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    depression,
    thoughts,
    inspiration,
    confidence,
    sharing