Thursday, April 23, 2015


I thought I could go off of my meds.  I thought I was stronger than depression.  But the black dog is back and he's sitting on my chest, daring me to leave him off leash.  I tried. I thought the exercise would be enough.  But five weeks off my meds and his teeth are bared and I keep thinking that ending it all would keep him from getting me.

I don't know why admitting it to myself is so defeating. I've spent years giving others the lecture about getting treatment and that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of.

So today, I go back to my shrink today and admit defeat.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Patient Advocates and Strength in Numbers

I spent last weekend in the beautiful Hyatt Hotel in Jersey City, New Jersey, directly across the Hudson from Manhattan (check out that view!), at the HealtheVoices 2015.  This conference, sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceutical and Everyday Health brought together more than 60 of the best bloggers and patient activists from across the country to network and learn more about how online patient advocacy is impacting healthcare.

Before I recap, I should say that Janssen Pharmaceutical paid for my travel, hotel, and meal expenses to attend the conference, but all images, comments, and opinions are mine and are not sponsored.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Support for Morgan

Many of you may have heard about an incident that happened in Wisconsin regarding two girls stabbing a third girl in the woods, due to a fear of a fictional character called “Slender Man”.  

What you may not know is that one of the children being prosecuted for this crime is Morgan Geyser, a 12-year old girl diagnosed with childhood onset schizophrenia. 

Last Friday, the judge presiding over this case determined that this child will be prosecuted for first degree attempted homicide in adult court.  As you can imagine, her family and lawyer don’t believe a child with a brain disorder should be prosecuted as an adult.  

There will be a hearing in June before this judge to argue moving the case to juvenile court.  Her family feels that letters addressed to the court from other parents of children with mental illnesses – particularly schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder – that discuss the challenges and issues our children endure with these illnesses, may help convince the judge that the case belongs in juvenile court.

If you would like to write a letter on Morgan's behalf, please address your letter to The Honorable Judge Michael O. Boren, the judge in this case.

Please be courteous, tell your story, and please try to keep your letter to two typed pages or less. 
Morgan’s lawyer has advised her parents to collect the letters, so when your letter is complete, please mail it to:

Support for Morgan Geyser
PO Box 865
Waukesha, WI 53187-0865

If you have any questions, please email me and I  will get back to you as soon as possible.  Thank you.