I Am Not Ashamed

I am not ashamed that I live with bipolar disorder, a mental illness, a brain disorder. I am not ashamed that I take psychotropic medication. I am not ashamed that my parents are struggling as they age, as their brains and bodies fail them. There is no shame in that. There is no need to hide. No need to keep it a secret.

As I love and respect myself, I love and respect my parents. I assume that my love comes through my writing. I know that others identify with their struggles and with my struggles. I know that it helps to have others for support, to know that you are not alone. There are support groups. Reach out. Get help. Do not try to do it all alone. It’s too much to do alone. 

Alzheimer’s Association 

Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.

National Institute on Aging

NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer’s disease research.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

17 thoughts on “I Am Not Ashamed

  1. mythoughts62 March 30, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    I’m facing aging parents myself, my father and mother in law. It can be rough…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Just Plain Ol' Vic March 30, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    You are an awesome person Kitt. You define you, not your illness!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Bradley March 30, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    There should never be shame in dealing with the cards you’ve been dealt. Some are bigger than others.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jay March 30, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    I don’t think there should be shame in any disease.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Anonymous March 30, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    I’ve been meaning to contact Senator Susan Collins from National institute on aging for weeks now. I loved this post. Life can be messy.

    Liked by 1 person

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