This is My Brave: Mental Illness and Motherhood
This is my brave is a new show about people who struggle with mental illness. It's trying to promote the idea that mental illness can happen to anyone and that they shouldn't be ashamed. People come forward to tell there stories and open up about things they've kept hidden from everyone - even their family and friends. What they learned was that a startling number of the people they talked to were mothers. Moms who want to let the world know that it's okay to be imperfect
One of the founders of This Is My Brave is Jennifer Marshall. At 26 years old she had two manic episodes out of no where. She had no history of mental illness before but was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She hid it from most of her family and friends. A few years later Jennifer and her husband wanted to start a family. She chose to stop her medication for both pregnancies in order to protect her children and had to be hospitalized both times. Her illness took over with all of the stress that comes with being a new mom.
I think these people are all very brave, especially the moms. People judge moms so much, especially when they think they're "crazy". The truth is they're struggling just like the rest of us, they just have an illness that makes it harder. I believe my mom suffered from some sort mental illness when I was growing up. Maybe if she'd seen a show like this she would have gotten help instead of taking it out on me.
Do you or anyone you know suffer from a mental illness? Do people judge you/them for it?
But.. through that darkness I came out on the other side so happy and healthy and ready for life. I think sometimes we forget to look at the big picture and are quick to diagnose. That's just me though, one story.
I have Autistic tendencies, I lack social skills, and I am obsessed with anything pertaining to numbers. This is something that cannot be cured, even with meds. It just is. I do not tell many people because too many are quick to judge and act as though they know all about it or "how to fix me" to make me more like themselves. I don't want to change nor do I want to be more like them. Frankly, I find them rather boring.
But, my mom tells them: "There is nothing wrong with Melissa. She is not broken. She is not weird. She is unique."
I like to say: "I am normal; it is everyone else that is weird." or
I am not special; I am a limited edition (I saw that on a picture on Facebook).
My little sister has bipolar disorder and schizophrenic. She says I am the only one she can talk to. I think because I don't yell at her and because I listen.