Would I Be Me, Without My Mental Illness?
Eleanor Catalina asks herself this very question in her recent blog post about her personal experience with mental illness. As some of you know, I recently shared my personal story about my attempted suicide when I was 15 years old. September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Eleanor Catalina, with her beautiful soul, reached out to me about featuring each other’s work on our perspective blogs. We both have the same goal in mind, which is to spread awareness about mental illness.
One of my favorite parts in Eleanor’s post is when she states, so bravely, “I’m Eleanor Catalina and I have Mental Illnesses.” I had chills when I read this the first time. I know how much courage it takes to state that, especially for the world to see. She is courageous, brave, loving, and kind. I felt an instant connection with her the moment I read her post. She is a survivor. Her story is sad, but so many of us survivors have this same type of story. I am in awe of her courage.
Her blog is inspiring and fun. It makes me feel like curling up on my couch with a cup of tea and getting caught up with my new friend. She will leave you feeling inspired and hopeful. Eleanor reminds you, reminds all of us, that we are not alone.
Please check out my new friend’s post. Let’s show each other some love and support.
And, Eleanor, my dear friend, I pray you find the strength you need to continue to fight this battle. You are not alone. You are loved.