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Coming Out

I read a post on TheBloggess.com that kind of wracked my soul for the day. Coming Out is about mental illness. My sister died 2 years ago from cancer. Before that she struggled with mental illness throughout her entire life and as a child had a myriad of different health problems to deal with including a heart transplant at the age of 8.

This is Heather:

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She wrote a book about her life before she died. I’m reading through the draft this week as my mom is getting ready to actually publish it.

Coming out about mental illness is a big deal. It’s an inconceivable trial for those who suffer with it. For the families of those who have mental illness it’s a journey about understanding, forgiveness, support and endurance.

People with mental illness cannot pray it away. They can’t just “work harder” or “change their attitude” and make it all go away. It’s a monumental exercise to manage it. Medications pile up on top of medications and make it a “crazy” mess to put it lightly.

So if you, those you love or those you are acquainted with struggle with mental illness. Come out. Help people understand. Help people have compassion for those who suffer. I’ve seen a lot of suffering and I stand in awe and amazement at what my sister endured and there are millions like her suffering who could really benefit from people taking some time to become enlightened about mental illness and what it really means.

Come out.

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  2. Julie L 03/04/2011 at 8:44 am

    Excellent post-I have bipolar disorder with depression..and
    yes, I honestly say its has been “hell on earth”…and I am upfront with those who have no idea what mental illness is like….but I can gladly say that I have a very caring
    psychiatrist -and a medication program that I follow to help me deal with it….thanks again for your post

  3. Tracey 01/26/2011 at 1:02 am

    I followed your link on the Bloggess.

    Your post is awesome.

    Thank you. :0)

  4. BreAnne 01/24/2011 at 2:23 pm

    Thank you for the strength to come out and the compassion to encourage others to come out. Helping others may be the best way to morn and remember Heather.

  5. Jacki S 01/24/2011 at 12:31 pm

    Please keep us advised as to when the book will be published and the title.

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  7. Candice @ Fashionably Organized 01/24/2011 at 11:18 am

    Bravo! I have no other words for the magnificentness of this post.

  8. Lindsay 01/24/2011 at 11:15 am

    Everytime I read Lori’s blog now, I tear up. It’s so hard to even imagine what she must be going through. I hope that somehow this whole story reaches just one person that needs that extra push to get help. If it only reaches one person, it was all worth it.

  9. Jenny, Bloggess 01/24/2011 at 11:07 am

    I’m so proud to know you.