Before you go any further I want to say thank you. Thank you for visiting my blog and thank you for following my journey. I hope my blog will be a place where you find inspiration. The Michigan Wonder Woman is where I write about all the things that are on my mind. Its about self care, self advocacy, and learning.
I’m a mother, a daughter, a friend, and a neighbor. I’ve lived in Michigan my entire life, and I love my mitten state. Like a lot of folks I get so caught up trying to balance work and family that I become more of a human doing than a human being. Can you relate? Do you ever feel like you’re barely treading water? Do you ever feel like you’re just a moment away from slipping under the water and drowning? Depression, anxiety, exhaustion, mental fatigue, I know them well. I was trying to be Wonder Woman but felt more like Blunder Woman. I was trying to balance my career and care for my daughter who lives with bipolar, depression, and anxiety. Caring for someone with mental illness is frustrating, exhausting, sad, and lonely. The stigma surrounding mental illness is like standing in a thick fog. You know there are others out there but you can’t see them. You feel isolated and alone. But I’ve learned how to cut through that fog and find the light, and I want to help you do the same.
Like all women, I’ve worn many hats throughout my life: sister, daughter, girlfriend and – most importantly – mother. My family is, and always will be, everything to me. I have one extraordinary daughter and no matter what I might be doing professionally, she has always been my focus and my priority. Alexa is an amazing human being. I’m so proud of her and like any proud mom I love to share whatever she is up to – but only with her permission! My family also includes three cats and a dog, and I love to share their adventures.
If you’re interested in wellness, self care, learning how to care for your mental health, and ending the stigma surrounding mental illness then you’ll feel right at home here. I like to share tips, recipes, and stories. I want to talk about all the things we’re not supposed to talk about – depression, anxiety, the struggle to lose weight, and even menopause.
My mission is to challenge what is, imagine what can be, and make a difference. My mission is to wipe out the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Mental illness has affected my life deeply. My mother suffered from Bipolar disorder, anxiety, and major depression. Growing up with a mom who had unpredictable mood swings and self medicated with alcohol was difficult, and I thought I left that behind me when I became an adult. That is until my daughter began suffering from anxiety and depression in middle school. Her mental health deterioiated throughout her teenage years leading to two psychiatric hospitalizations and a diagnosis of Bipolar II and Generalized Anxiety Disorder with Panic Attack. Our road has been long. Its been frightening. Its been exhausting. We have been frustrated and angry, but we found the light at the end of the tunnel, and I want to share that light with all who are battling mental illness and especially their caregivers.
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