I’m mum of 3, wife of 1 and owned by 2 cats, I have my own business selling Phoenix Cards and Stationary, and my other job(s) is looking after the family, so the usual, chef, referee, taxi driver, waitress, cleaner, house keeper etc etc!
I started my blog in February 2011, to help me come to terms with suffering with PND, and hopefully help others in the process. My attitude to mental illness has completely changed, I always liked to think of myself as a compassionate person, someone who would always empathise with others struggles or misfortunes but I realised how easily I dismissed depression and possibly other mental health issues as being ‘not that bad’. I know now how debilitating having depression is, how much it changes your life and those closest to you. I have written about my ups and downs (of which there are far too many!), and hope that this will bring comfort to others to realise they are not alone in this journey.
This year I have 3 main goals:
1. Get better! I want to mange my mental health better, by focusing on what helps and what doesn’t, I want to find the right medication, and I want to get the right therapy to help me get there.
2. Do better with my own business, I have set out my goals with my mentor and I want to make a full go at it to start bringing in some pennies.
3. Blog more, get back into writing and not just about my life and how rubbish I feel. I want to blog about mental health in many ways, to try and get the word out that there should be no stigma. I also want to blog about other things that interest me, which could be absolutely anything – it’s still in my mind!
And so to the family, who are they? I have 2 girls, the older one AJ, 10.5 and the preschooler TJ, 3.5 and a boy in the middle FJ 7, they are apparently wonderful with other people and at school (the older 2) but when at home with me they try to push me as far as possible (but I suppose most children do that!)
I have been married to NJ for almost 15 years, we have had our ups and downs, as I am sure most couples have, but he has stood by me during a very difficult time, and I was sure he would leave me for the things I was saying and doing.
5 things about me you probably don’t need to know:
- I like peanut butter and Marmite sandwiches. (NJ just thinks this is weird!)
- I play puzzle games on my iPhone and get a little obsessed with them.
- I’m not quite 5ft but tell people I am.
- I used to be Head Chorister at the local church.
- I have 2 webbed toes, which both my daughters have inherited.
I hope you enjoy reading my blog and would love to hear about other people’s experiences of PND, Depression and any good and bad experiences of the mental health service.