Greetings to my potential readers–
I go by V. I am not a counselor or mental healthcare worker in any way but am diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, and fibromyalgia. These illnesses have so far crippled in me in life, and I am just now learning how to manage. I’ve been in therapy for nearly 14 years now and have been in and out of hospitals and wards. This is as much of a journey for me as it is for all of you.
Swing Set Wisdom
This isn’t just about coping with chronic illness. This is also about coping with pain and life, two things of which I find synonymous, although not in a self-defeating way. (Please read here for more information on that philosophy.)
While I’ll focus on cognitive struggle more than anything else, I feel urgently about adding how everything we feel in this world does go through a cognitive process. So, while it’s not “all in your head” in the way many other people use that phrase, that statement has merit in the most literal sense.
To make life better for yourself, you have to change it. Whether you are changing how you view it or how you do it, it’s important that you are doing something. Whether it’s dragging your toes through the mulch or kicking yourself off to a new emotional high, it’s about actively participating in your rhythm and direction.
We can’t control everything, but we can learn to master ourselves. And that is what this blog is about.