This little blog of mine began life as a secret anonymous blog.
I’ve always said I can only tell my story , I can’t speak for any other woman’s experiences . I wrote about my emotional intimacy issues about recovering from toxic relationships, about parenting a whole tribe of children. All the things that were specific to me.
My blog developed , it became a place to just write about what was going on in my head at my given time. It’s my little spot in the internet to talk about shared parenting woes and how teens and toddlers are similar and about how much I fancy Andy Murray *swoons*
Writing about my mental health struggles though. That was terrifying. I was so scared of pressing publish on the first post I wrote about it I did that thing were just just shut your eyes , click and squeal ? What do you mean you’ve not a clue ?
What if everyone thought I was nuts? .What if everyone thought me an awful mother ? What if my family and friends were embarrassed of me ?
I needn’t have worried of course . Suffering with anxiety doesn’t even register on the reasons people are embarrassed of me !!There are way too many better ones (yes one is the Andy Murray thing!)
I suffer with anxiety.
When I first moved away from home it was an all encompassing , debilitating condition. It was every day , it had a huge impact. As time has passed I’m lucky it’s eased a lot . Still shows up at times to bite me on the arse ,remind me I can stumble at any time but nowhere near as bad as it as that first year.
Writing about it helps.
So when I was asked for permission for one of my posts to be used in a book I was surprised but proud. That must mean my writing isn’t utter horseshit right?
My post had been published on the I am 1 in 4 website previously and now they were making a book as a fundraiser in order for them to keep up the amazing work they do to tackle stigma associated with mental health.
I’m very proud to be featured alongside some raw and heartfelt pieces by some great writers.
Also…. seeing your words on actual pages in a book feels pretty special
The book itself is here … it’s a fundraiser so I promise I’m not trying to force it on you so I can buy a holiday home in St Tropez…. that’ll be my novel!!!
The I am 1 in 4 Facebook page is here if you want to join a supportive community without any worries of stigma.
My Facebook page is here if my ramblings are your thing!!!
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