Category Archives: negative perceptions

My Cloud

The question usually comes from good friends, at a time when I am struggling. They want to know how to help me the most. What is it like to have a psychiatric diagnosis? It’s like there is a dark cloud … Continue reading

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I’m Not “Special”

Special. The word warms my heart in many ways. Except when it is used in the context of my disability. Then it kind of drives me crazy. Maybe it’s the label. When I was in school, I was mainstreamed. It … Continue reading

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Nevertheless…

Nobody could have predicted it. In the last few weeks, the phrase has become nothing short of common. “She was warned, nevertheless, she persisted.” It was a quote from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when he was asked about shutting … Continue reading

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Make Your Move…

I had to think about it.  For a while. Since I don’t have cable, I didn’t watch the Golden Globe awards in real time last Sunday night.  But several of my friends sent me the video of Meryl Steep’s speech … Continue reading

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“I’ll Always Make You Different.”

When I was a senior in high school, I was in a kick ass creative writing class. The woman who taught it had also taught me junior English and I liked her immensely. In fact, thanks to Facebook, we are … Continue reading

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Either Way, I’m Okay…

A caregiver and I were out and about running errands one afternoon a few years ago and decided to stop in a restaurant for lunch before heading home.  Looking the hostess in the eye, I said that we needed a … Continue reading

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That Settles It

It was a pretty weird thing to forget, especially since I had checked my packing list no less than a gazillion times. On a road trip last spring break, I realized about five hours away from home that I had … Continue reading

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