On Friday night, I took part in a once-in-a-lifetime moment with an amazing group of people, sharing our stories about and our experiences with mental illness.
And everyone was excellent.
Once the whole show is put out online, I will make sure I post that video, because everyone’s stories need to be heard.
For right now, though, you get my story. If that’s all right.
I wasn’t really nervous – just worried that my story wasn’t nearly as compelling as everyone else’s. But everyone else said my story was really good.
I am so glad to have shared it. It is the first step.
A couple things. You will hear my full real name, and this is the only time I will ever say it or mention it here on the blog. You get to know what the plain and the able really are, if you haven’t already guessed that. I don’t know why, but the audio and the video are a tad bit out of sync. And some of what I say may seem unbelievable and extreme, but it is the gods honest truth. What I wrote and performed just scratches the surface of my mental illnesses. If you want to know any more, feel free to ask. I will answer any question(s) to the best of my ability.
Thank you to our producer Brook Easton and our director Lisa Baum for putting everything together so beautifully.
Thank you to my fellow cast members – Greg Thompson, Sandy Koloupek, Ryan Hansen, Anna Bandfield, Erika Miranda-Bartlett, Hannah Twitchell, Wes Forester, Heather Akers, Ted and Annie Potter, Elizabeth “Libby” Potter, Diane Painter, Diana DeSerano, Margelea Warner, Chillipepperwild, Joan Becker, and Joe Sorenson. You guys are all incredible and wonderful people, you speak for me with your words and pictures and songs, and you all are so so brave.
Thank you to my family for your support and love throughout the years; extra special thanks to Older Sister for filming this video and posting it.
Thank you to my relatives as well, for the same love and support.
Thank you to everyone I’ve ever met, for everyone taught me lessons, big or small.
Thank you to my boyfriend, Johnny, for being there and making me smile and for being so understanding with it all.
And finally, thank you to all my followers and readers of this blog.
Stay brave, all of you. (That should be my new catchphrase – “Stay brave.”)