Let’s Fight the Stigma, Together
I wanted to say first that we are all at different points in our mental illness journey, and you might not be ready to share every part (or any part) of your journey.
Three years ago, the person I was then would have laughed at the reality the present James, that shares his entire life on his blog–never holding back (I hope that made sense.) It took years of therapy and sharing there before a blog and eventually a memoir was possible.
I hope that all of us in the mental illness blogging community have the same goals–to end the stigma surrounding mental illness. I believe that to keep the fight going and maybe educate those that have never walked a day in our shoes, it is imperative to share your story. We are all unique, and though we may share similar symptoms of our collective illnesses, it is how you deal and your past that might help future mental illness sufferers.
I have been amazed every moment that I have been a part of the WordPress mental illness community of bloggers. It has been the greatest honor to have people contribute to this growing blog.
This is only one group. There are so many of unique stories that are waiting to be told. What sparked this blog post was another fellow mental illness blogger asking me how I keep going this week. Through social anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and insomnia how do I keep fighting and find the strength to keep writing. It is because there are those right now feeling the same way that might read The Bipolar Writer blog and its articles and say “I needed this today.” That is reason enough.
So let us continue to fight the stigma by sharing our experiences with the world. Stay strong my friends.
Always Keep Fighting
My GoFundMe Campaign
I wanted to give an update of the campaign going on for The Bipolar Writer blog and raising the money to upgrade to the business blog. This will take this blog to the next level and I will be able to allow people to sell their written work here on my blog. There are also so many big things that come along with the business plan so that we can continue to share mental illness stories.
I know it is a lot to ask. So many of us in the mental illness community struggle to meet their basic needs. Here is James asking for money. I know the struggle (it is why I can’t spend the $300 plus of my own money to take the blog to the next level.
We have raised $135! That is amazing.
We are still short of our goal of $325, the cost of the upgrade for a year. If we raise enough, I’d like to upgrade for the next two years (which totals $435.) If you can donate it would mean the world to me, if not I understand. 100% of what is raised will stay with the blog and only used to upgrade.