Hey! I’m Gertie. I started this blog for several reasons. The two main reasons are: 1) to educate “normal” people what it is like to live and deal with a mental illness and 2) to show people who deal and struggle with mental illness that recovery is possible.
Yes, that means I struggle with a mental illness. My goal is to help stomp out and eliminate the stigma that goes with mental illness. I know this is going to be a difficult task but hopefully I can at least change one persons mind in a positive way regarding people dealing with mental illness. All it takes in one person and hopefully a domino effect will happen.
Another goal of mine is to show others dealing with a mental illness that recovery is possible. Yes, I will struggle. Yes, the symptoms of my diagnosis’s will act up. Yes, I will just have bad days. Yes, I will show you when life becomes difficult that I will get back up and wipe myself off. No, you will not be cured from your mental illness but there is hope. Dealing with a mental illness is not easy but if you learn to deal with your symptoms and what works best for you then you are in recovery. There is hope for recovery. Hope is key to recovery with your mental illness. Yes, recovery is possible.
Please remember: I am not a professional. I am just a person who wants to stomp out the stigma of mental illness and show that recovery is possible. You can reach me on Facebook at Gerties Journey, on Twitter @Gertiesjourney, or via email at Gerties_Journey@outlook.com,
Thank you for helping to stomp out the stigma of mental illness. Thank you also for following my blog. Let’s stomp out stigma, let those of us living with mental illness know they are not alone and that recovery is possible, and educate the masses!
Two of my earliest posts:
Nice to have one more voice making some noise about things and trying to light the path merrily skipping along behind us
Now that I’m following you, need to look a little further back down your path.
Thanks for sharing.
Gertie, I am nominating you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award at http://kittomalley.com/2014/08/08/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/. This is what I had to say about you: “Gertie’s recovery from mental illness is inspiring. She volunteers at a homeless shelter and is training to volunteer for the Warm Line. Thank you, Gertie, for all that you do.”
thanks for the follow, and for being another voice. let everybody see how it is for us – the good and the bad – and hopefully change one mind at a time.
take care. 🙂
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Wonderful blog ❤ you change lives and the stigma around it with every post! x x
Hi, Gertie. I have read a handful of your posts, including 107 Questions, and have enjoyed myself reading you. You have a colorful and vivid way with words and I like that. I, too, have a few… issues, mostly addiction and anxiety. I also like how relatable you are, it’s almost like we’re having a conversation.
Thank you Marcy. That means a lot to me.
Hi there! I have nominated you for the ‘Blogger Recognition Award’! ❤ much love to you, and as always- keep real! http://kimmykeepreal.com/2015/08/28/blogger-recognition-award/
Hi: I like to say I also have a mental illness and working hard to controlled it. I’m not in Meds at this moment and I’m also grieving. My dad passed away 9 months ago in my home and in my presence. My darling dog also gone a month later. I will keep in touch reading your blog and trying to find a solution~Margret
Thanks, for reading!!!