Hope Wins

One of the things that I say around Here Hear is “Hope Wins!” This saying came up while I was talking to my then 6 year old son. I told him that there were times I felt really alone and he just drew me a sun and told me “Hope wins!” We even put it on a T-shirt. We...

Transgender Awareness Month 2017

As I start off this post, let me plead my ignorance. One year ago, I had no idea that it was Transgender Awareness Month. And, of course, I had no idea that this was happening in the preceding years either. Now, this is not to say that I did not care, but it was a...

Mental Illness Awareness Week 2017

Oct. 1 thru Oct. 7, 2017 has been Mental Illness Awareness Week. You probably have not heard much about it because, well, people with mental illness are not high on the list of people we usually try to be aware of. And I understand that. Mental illness is strange and...

Happy Birthday Pops!

My dad’s birthday is today. Like any relationship, we have had ups and downs. We have a lot more ups, though. And that’s just the truth. My dad is more than just my dad – he’s my friend and, at times, a confidante. He’s also an incredible...

Experiencing Stigma (In the Worst Places)

This week had two unique and, yet, connected experiences. And, in both experiences, I experienced stigma and from what should be unlikely places. My first place feeling stigmatized for my mental illness was actually at an event hosted by NAMI and an institution in...