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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
3:04 pm
 I have many unsolved problems in my life and I feel very discouraged today. 

But one good thing is I have found this nice community today which will help me be more positive. :)
Sunday, October 1st, 2006
8:14 pm
Introduction post.
Hello everyone. I can't really reveal my true identity because this is a secret journal after all...
But I'm a senior in high school. Female. And a little strange.

My day consisted of waking up exhausted and sick, watching a boring boring movie... falling asleep during that... glaring at my piles of homework and refusing to do them, cleaning, and getting a horrible horrible neck cramp from sleeping on it wrong. One of my best friends, who's in love with me, made me feel guilty over the phone. I have to wake up at 5 tomorrow for school... grrr.

But. One good thing about my day, is that I had the best pizza EVER for dinner. :D
And, I'm glad I'm here. Hello!

Current Mood: geeky
Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
5:42 pm
I like kind strangers
I have chronic migraines and chronic fatigue. It sucks. The tricky thing about invisible illness is that people automatically assume that you are capable of what they are. Other times you get lucky, in a roundabout sort of a way.

Today I got on a crowded bus to come home from work, feeling like crap and wishing, not for the first time, that I was capable of teleportation. A woman gave me her seat, because I had more stuff to carry than she did. I was more grateful than she could possibly have realised. It's one of my favourite things in the world, when people are kind and generous to others (it most certainly doesn't have to be to me) when they don't have to be.
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
12:23 pm
My one good thing is that after tomorrow I won't have to be polite to the people who have been fake or nasty to me these past few years.
Monday, February 6th, 2006
10:24 am
International Self-Injury Awareness Day
I don't know how many of you have heard about this, but it is very important: March 1st is International Self-Injury Awareness Day. That means SPREAD THE WORD. Misconceptions about self-injury in society are rampant. People need to be educated, especially authority figures. This means police, teachers, parents, medical workers, employers, and anyone else who can affect you in situations regarding SI.

There are a few things you can do to raise awareness.

1. Pamphlets. This is a very good way to reach people. You can put them up at school, work, in hospitals, police stations, supermarkets, libraries...the list goes on. It can really help.

2. Presentations. Organizing a forum where you can reach people face to face is a great idea. You can hold them for students, for parents, for medical workers, policement, local employers, general public...anything you like. I realize that probably no one will do something like this, but it's something to think about. It's a much more effective way of reaching people.

3. Contact your mayor, governor, MP (for Canadians), etc. Ask them to get involved. They can do things like wear ribbons (red and black), help with leaflets, etc. It's important to get community leaders involved.

4. Contact newspapers. Do a few letters to the editor, maybe write a research piece or an 'expose' so to speak. You can ask to remain anonymous, obviously, so privacy shouldn't be an issue. And hell, if you're really brave, get someone to do an interview with you.

5. Spread the word online. Send out messages on the major sites (LJ and MySpace, for instance). Go to communities, send PMs to random people, write articles, blog entries...anything. After all, communication is one of the main reasons for the internet's existence.

This is a chance for the issue to get a little bit of understanding, to shed a little light on it. Right now, this is a completely grassroots movement. Governments are not getting involved, and they need to be doing so. The only way that will happen is if March 1st becomes KNOWN to the world. And it's up to us to make sure that happens.

You don't have to do much. A pamphlet here, a ribbon there...it doesn't have to be a big campaign. But PLEASE, if you feel strongly about this issue, get involved somehow.

This will be x-posted to pretty much every SI and mental health community I can get my hands on.

Current Mood: busy and motivated
Friday, January 27th, 2006
1:02 am
today, but is it really tomorrow already?
o.k. its tomorrow i just realised. so today when i wake up--i have yet to go to sleep. gosh... can you tell im stressing about this?--my one good thing will be to start on my medication again!

Current Mood: silly, sleepy
Saturday, January 21st, 2006
12:13 pm
My one good thing for today: ending my bout of procrastination and finally cleaning my hedgehog's cage.
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006
7:34 pm
I'm Eleanor, I'm 30 and I have chronic depression (not so much these days) an anxiety disorder, and chronic headaches. I spent most of my life (besides working part-time as a designer) looking for ways to get better. A lot of what I do helps. Some stuff doesn't.

I just found this community, I'm really impressed. I love that the focus is positive. I really want to put my energy into getting well, rather than worrying about the fact that I am sick. The thing I struggle with most is acceptance.

Today has been a little tough. I'm on holiday (vacation, for you northern hemispherers) from work, but still at home. I like holidays at home, I like being able to rest and just take it easy. Travel can be difficult with chronic pain. But unfortunately it means that my chiropractic clinic is closed, so I am in a little more pain than usual. This tends to send me into a bit of a panic. I'm very lucky in that I live with my two best friends, who are extremely supportive and good at helping me get through rough patches. They are both on holiday too, so I've had some very soothing company.

One good thing: I got the computer I am typing on for Christmas, and today I discovered that I can burn CDs on it.

Another good thing: the cat has spent most of the day on my bed. Cats are SO comforting sometimes.
Thursday, December 15th, 2005
12:19 pm
For all that I've probably flunked a class this semester, I'm going HOME on Saturday. For an entire month.
Thursday, October 6th, 2005
12:53 pm
long day today. not enjoying the low-level crap anymore.
I feel stale and bored.
I know I need to stay here for a few more years. it has been non-stop low-level chaos since august 15.
I'll go socialize... that will make me feel better.

In the bright side, I only have 3281 days until I retire.
Friday, September 9th, 2005
2:50 pm
One good thing
One good thing.,.. although, the last few weeks have been complete and utter drama, i found a place to live real close to the college campus, and my friends mom put in a little extra from me ( she overnighted the rent/security from ohio) so now i can get towels!!! and other such apartment-like necessities~Woot Woot!! half of my stuff is still in the next town over, but i guess one thing at a time..* Crosses fingers that i can find a job realllly soon

* norabear

Current Mood: thankful
Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
2:19 am

Me, my brother, my sister and one of my bestfriends all got a call back for the same show at an elite threatre group in nashua!!!!!

I just found out about an hour ago.

Thursday, August 11th, 2005
6:53 pm
Didn't get much sleep last night. Woken up at 0200 by page from girlfriend related to earlier squabble. Half-hour phone conversation followed, which did resolve things. Got up for work at 0430. Am tired. Constantly either overheated, or dried out from A/C.

But ... got a glowing compliment at work from a critical care flight team for my code 3 (lights & sirens) driving. And we got that kid from the airport to the hospital quick.
Monday, August 8th, 2005
9:22 pm
My One Good Thing for the day
Despite my depression over my favorite show ever ending, the death of my favorite newsman, and it just being Monday....
(ok, so it's more like my 3 good things for the day...)

...I talked my oldest son through getting his blood drawn without any tears being shed
...I got all (and I do mean ALL) of the laundry - every stinking stitch of it - washed, folded, sorted, hung, and put away
...and had dinner on the table by the time the hubby walked in the door from work
11:14 am
I was suppossed ot leave for vacation tomorrow to visit some family in upstate NY. I got an email a little while ago saying that a cousin in Ohio was just given his last rights and the NY family is going to Ohio.
Needless to say, we are postponing our trip.

I have had a headache and tummy ache since yesterday. I wasn't sure I was going to make it in to work today.
Alas, I am here... queeziness and all.

On the brighter side, I now have sufficient time to work on finishing my online BIO class, instead of rushing to do two weeks worth of work in one.

Current Mood: queeeeeeezy
Thursday, August 4th, 2005
9:21 pm
Intro Post
Hello. I'm Em.

Um...I'm not good at intro posts (thus I generally skip them), however, since basbleugrrl is the mod here...I guess I better play by the rules! :)

I'm 21 with 11 years experience, married for most of those 11 years, mommy of two beautiful little boys. I bounce between depression and non-depressive states, but have taken myself off of the chemical control. I'd (personally) rather figure out how in the hell to live somewhat happy without the zoloft headaches. My oldest son has Asperger's disorder - a challenge in and of itself. My youngest son is just a fine-upstanding-patriotic-healthy-normal-american-boy. I'm an out bisexual woman.

Needless to say, I'm also slightly neurotic. I must have been a cat in a prior life.

And, my One Good Thing for today....
...got reconnected to the 'real' world
...played in the sprinkler in the cold cold water with the boys
...made a batch of blueberry buckle (in the 101 degree heat) to share with the coworkers tomorrow
4:12 pm
* intro* =)

* Hey all
Nora here. I'm 23 and go to a SUNY school in upstate NY.
I have different dreams and aspirations; most of which i come up against road blocks because of my low self-esteem; depression, anxiety, and self-injury ( hands clean of it for almost 2 weeks now...before it was 111 days...)

.( the above are * symptoms of PTSD and BPD* )
i'm surprised there are people here who have dealt with similar issues...
i'm so scared of being an outcast. kinda pathetic, given that i'm 23...but..yah..

I *love* singing and theatre.they're the parts of me that i know are real...
 even if i'm not the best actress...it's like...how do i describe it... *okay*-> "everytime i get up on stage, i'm fighting against every "you'll never cut it" tape ( side a *and* b) in my head."

i'd like to teach theatre to kids...as well as volunteering on an ambulance, and pursuing my musical *talents* ( yes, talent lol) i've written copious songs...half of which are ready to go...i just needa transcribe them.

haha...uhh... yah =/
on my good days, it's like a walk in the park..and on my bad days; i feel like i'm not *worthy* of my dreams. like i sleep-walked one night and stole from them someone more *deserving*
and that's putting it nicely...it's like i would do *anything* for my friends...but to accept love in return is one of the hardest things for me. not like it's hard to *take* a compliment...but the problem starts cuz i don't think i deserve it... like "how could anyone really..." as simple as that might sound...

One good thing....i was gonna be maddd late for a weight watcher's meeting a few weeks ago and i got the length of staten island i was just * so * pissed off at everything. so i zoned off at the back of the bus...and then this little baby started crying. like...wouldn't stop...i had a headache already so i figured what's the harm in tryin to sing to the little one?
yup. it worked. like a charm =) ...it was a good 20 minutes, but she drifted off.
it just...i forgot about all that negativity. =)

I apologize profusely for rambling on....
i hope no one is already annoyed with me..

*lots of bear hugs*


Current Mood: thoughtful
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005
11:39 pm
ello ello... I'm Kati, I'm 20, and the usual source of my discontent is attempted recovery from an e.d., which is not fun, and extremely obnoxious. It makes me focus on everything that's wrong way more than I would like, and it definitely interferes with just normal day-to-day living. But I'm trying to drag the focus off of that, and concentrate on important things... like getting into graduate school for medieval studies for January, and my family, and my lovely and wonderful boyfriend.
But, one good thing that happened today was that my aforementioned lovely and wonderful boyfriend who is away for 2 weeks for training for the National Guard called this morning. He's pretty busy for the whole time and I didn't expect to hear from him... so it was a really nice surprise. I miss him, I can't wait for him to come home. He almost got sent to Iraq, so this really isn't that bad compared to what could have happened... but it still sucks! Only 11 more days to go, though.
So I hope everyone else had a nice day, and has an even better one tomorrow.
8:14 pm

My names grace and my one this is--------------

I spent most of the day trying to teach my 11 year old brother to sing with my older sister anna. :) He refused too. But it was fun.


I have an audition soon!
Monday, August 1st, 2005
9:57 am
Intro to Nett's Mind...
Well, OK... if you insist.
I am 26 year old and married for five years. I have a one year old white boxer who I absolutely adore and spoil at every opportunity!
I have suffered from depression since childhood. I have had body image issues and self esteem/self respect issues as long as I can remember.
I am a feminist who believes in equality, nothing more, nothing less. I don’t believe in hating all men based on the actions of a few.
I was a Boy Scout leader off and on since my teens. I enjoy camping and hanging out in nature.
I am a computer geek in every sense of the word/phrase. I work on computer all day as a System Support Analyst and can’t wait to get on it again when I get home.
In my spare time, I study naturopathy. I am a believer in traditional medicine as a compliment to alternative health. If I am having a heart attack, take me to the hospital and give me drugs!
Another hobby of mine is psychology. I love to study people, their behavior, and their motivation.
I am still in college (on the ten year plan). I should be finished with my BS in Spring 2007.
Until last week, I was a Karateka of Shotokan at the 4th kyu rank. This week I will be investigating other alternatives to pursue.
I am a believer in civil right. I am especially interested in gay marriage being legalized.
I think that covers Nett in a Nutshell.
Any questions?
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