My name is Joanne
(I have anxiety)
I like to read
(I have PTSD)
I like to go to the gym
( I have OCD)
I like to play with my children
(I have depression)
I love the job I do
(I suffer from complex grief)
I like to cook
(I suffer from panic attacks)
I love listening to music
(I’m on anti-depressant medication)
I like to … well try anything really.
Do my mental health problems stop me from living my life? (Sometimes)
Do my mental health problems control me? (sometimes)
Do my mental health problems stop me from being a good mum?
The answer here should be no, but it doesn’t sometimes feel like that)
Do my mental health problems stop me from being a good wife? (The answer here should be no, but it doesn’t sometimes feel like that)
The thing I’m getting at here is that your mental health problems should not dictate the rest of your life and how you live.
It has taken me many years to overcome a lot of issues that I have had since losing Millie, it has not been easy; yet I have overcome so many and still have a mountain to climb.
Yes, it stopped me from reading.
Yes, it stopped me from going to the gym.
Yes, it stopped me doing some of the stuff with my other children that I wanted to.
Yes, it stopped me from working.
Yes, it stopped me from cooking.
Yes, it stopped me from listening to music
But, I’ve started to do all this again …
Determination and strength will always allow you to one day continue with the things that you love.
Determination and strength come from within and it comes from talking about how you are feeling, talking makes you stronger.
Don’t let your mental health illnesses control who you want to be x