Mental Illness: How My Family Helps

I’m wrapping up the Mental Illness series for loved ones with my story. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the strong support of my mom and my husband.

I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again… My mom is my rock and my husband is my anchor. I can easily hold onto my mom when things get rough. She is steady, understanding and pretty tough. My husband reels me back in when I’m starting to get out there. He’s dependable, generous, and capable.

Mental Illness: What to say and not to say to a loved one

Figuring out what to say to someone with ANY disease is difficult. Some diseases are even harder. Say the wrong thing and you can hurt someone you care a great deal about it. The fact that you are taking the time to research how to deal with a loved one’s mental illness says a great deal about you.

There are a number of statements that are ignorant, careless and just plain cruel. I’ve narrowed the list to ten of the most common. After the negative list is a positive list.

Mental Illness: The Role of the Caretaker

Last week I started a four part series on mental illness. Rather than focus on the person with a mental illness, I’ve chosen to focus on the families and friends or rather, the support team. As a person with a mental illness, I’ve been extremely lucky to have a few amazing people in my life.

I’m going to give my mom and husband a shout out. My mom is my rock – never moving, always there to cling to when times get rough. My husband is my anchor, keeping me from getting too “out there.” I am very aware that I can be a challenge for them. I have a crazy sleep schedule. I go from be very friendly to paranoid. I can rotate from crying to aggression to laughing to crying again in the space of 30 minutes. While those things are hard on me, they are just as hard on my loved ones.

Supporting A Loved One With a Mental Illness

This post is the first of a four-part series for family members of those with a mental illness. I was diagnosed with a mental illness when I was 15 years old which meant years of therapy, doctors and research. I understand my illnesses but recently I’ve had to learn how to cope with another’s mental illnesses.

You will find a list of ways you can can support a loved-one with a mental illness including things you should avoid doing.

Someone’s In The Kitchen with WordPress Plugins

After buying a new camera and updating the site’s software, I’m back in the kitchen. Last year blogging had gotten frustrating when my pictures constantly looked fuzzy and ugly!

On top of that, it was a lot of work putting the recipes on the website. If I wanted to make a change, it was like doing cartwheels! Of course, if I *could* do cartwheels, I’d be so excited I would want to take pictures!! I’m not certain I could do a somersault. Although, I can definitely roll.

My Bucket List

Whether people have actually written a bucket list down or not, I think most have one in their heads. At some point, most of us have said that we were going to do something before we died. Although, I doubt I’ll do most of these because of money, I can always dream – which is something I’m really good at.

Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park, French Lick, Indiana

Big Splash Indoor Water ParkVacation for our family is difficult. Both David and I are overweight, David has always had bad knees and I have diabetic neuropathy in my feet. Walking is not something either of us can do well. Finding places that are enjoyable to our daughter as well as us is a trick.

So when I surfed the internet and found Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park in French Lick, Indiana, I felt I had scored big time. No long walks, quick access to our hotel room if we became fatigued, no burning sun. Woohoo!

French Lick is located in the southern portion of Indiana and is the hometown of basketball legend Larry Bird. It has major small town charm.

We drove a little over 1.5 hours to arrive in French Lick. During our drive we passed bucolic country scenery, farms aplenty and charming historic homes. This area is also home to an Amish community, caves and a beautiful lake.Continue reading