Posts tagged hope

Breaking Cycles- Addiction Recovery

Breaking Cycles- Addiction Recovery

I love the idea of people dropping keys of hope to others by sharing their personal stories and experiences. I am an adult child of an addict. My parent was addicted to crack-cocaine as I was growing up and struggled hard to balance having children, and succumbing to the monster of addiction. For years I […]

A Recovering Human

A Recovering Human

My story begins around the age of 14. This is the time I realised something was very wrong and that how I was feeling was neither bearable nor normal. I had spent years getting bullied at school (called names, being excluded and so on) and this was also ongoing. Around this time, I also had […]

How Letter Writing Saved Me From Depression

How Letter Writing Saved Me From Depression

Hannah Brencher shares how helping others through anonymous love letter writing saved her from a deep depression and started a movement that has continued to help thousands of people suffering from depression.

I Am Myself- Art and Mental Health

I Am Myself- Art and Mental Health

The pieces I have the most fun creating are the ones that I have no expectations for.  This started by some random shredding and gluing of newspapers, magazines,  coupons, plastic wrap, gum wrappers, and whatever else I was about to throw out.  Then, I spent hours just painting layers and layers of paint, trying to […]

From Hell to Flying High- Eating Disorder Recovery

From Hell to Flying High- Eating Disorder Recovery

During the time I went back to ED, I felt it calling me back. Little did I know I would step into a pit of hell. What people may not know of eating disorders is that it promises you the world but leaves the target-victim with very little left. When I say little left, I […]

Beautiful Surgical Disaster- Art as Therapy

Beautiful Surgical Disaster- Art as Therapy

My name is Amy Oestreicher, and according to doctors, I am a “surgical disaster.” However, at 26, I feel truly blessed. I may not have a stomach, but I sure am hungry for life. It started in 2005 – a week before my senior prom. It was our second night of Passover, and my stomach […]

Beauty In Brokenness Revisited- Sex Trafficking

Beauty In Brokenness Revisited- Sex Trafficking

After a wonderful day with my daughter, shopping and preparing for her June wedding, I returned to a piece of art I have been processing for quite a while. What a contrast in my day – going from great joy over a new marriage to great sorrow for the women and children who are trapped […]

Schizophrenia and I

Schizophrenia and I

I am thirty-six years old, but that doesn’t say much about me because age is just a number. I have three children, which says more about me, but still does not capture who I am. If you want me in a nutshell, you first must know I am schizophrenic, simply because it is the way […]

Self Harm Alternative

Self Harm Alternative

Life with PTSD is complicated for a 24 year old girl. No, I’m not a combat vet. But thanks to a psychopath “boyfriend”, I’ve been through a little bit of everything. Kidnapping, assault, rapes, brainwashing, attempted murder. He made me cut myself and forced me to do drugs. Hurt me lots. Ribs out of place, […]

Holding On Without Letting Go- A Family Suicide

Holding On Without Letting Go- A Family Suicide

I have always been a very emotional and sensitive person, my name is Donna and I was born and raised in Oklahoma. I have a 4 year older half sister who has Cerebral Palsy and numerous other disabilities, I also had a 2 year younger brother who was born very prematurely, he also suffered from […]