Cross Country Saved My Life

I know, I know. It sounds so melodramatic.  It’s true though. I’ve written before about my Jr. High Cross Country Coach being the first adult to tell me that my life could be different, and that I didn’t have to live the same life as the adults I was surrounded by. Coach B was theContinue reading “Cross Country Saved My Life”

Boundaries Aren’t Easy

An Introduction To Cassi “I no longer make allowances for abusive people. I no longer justify it under the banner of, “but they’re family…” I’m not a child anymore and I’m certainly not naive and helpless. I have a choice here too, and I choose not to participate.”  Recently, I drew a hard boundary. ToContinue reading “Boundaries Aren’t Easy”

Eighteen Years

By: Cassi Cox Eighteen Years. It seems like so much and so little all at the same time. Eighteen years ago this May I graduated from high school. It was supposed to be the best summer ever, but instead I experienced my first real battle with depression. I’ve had a few major depressive incidents inContinue reading “Eighteen Years”

It Starts Sooner Than You Think

It’s time to talk about something that is going to make all of us uncomfortable. When does sexual perpetration actually begin? It is commonly understood that predators often have multiple victims prior to actually being convicted of sexual assault, but we rarely talk about when and how this emerges.  The verdict?  According to the USContinue reading “It Starts Sooner Than You Think”

It’s More Than a Pretty Ribbon

by Jennifer Brierly Are you aware that gastroparesis awareness month is in August. What about National Pediculosis prevention month? Do you know when that is? What that is? (Lice and September.) Many of us are vaguely aware of some of the more well publicized awareness months. We might have ribbon magnets on our cars or pinnedContinue reading “It’s More Than a Pretty Ribbon”

But… I’m not an Addict

The Shock of Recovery Discovery By: Cassi Cox I don’t know if you’ve ever been in the position where something that didn’t ever apply to you suddenly hits you like a ton of bricks. It just happened to me. I was sitting in my substance use disorder counseling class, completely shook, as my professor walkedContinue reading “But… I’m not an Addict”

The Control and Shame Spiral

by Deborah Schiefer It starts with an inoccuous phone call. The curveball’s been pitched, plans change, life seemingly unravels. Fight, flight, freeze, fawn. One inoccuous phone call somehow morphs into the catalyst for a crashing world. Emotions run high and in the moment, it all seems so logical. Because, for your fractured mind, it isContinue reading “The Control and Shame Spiral”

Be Worthy of the Histories You Learn

by Deborah Schiefer There is an account I follow on Instagram – a Holocaust survivor and her granddaughter. Both of these women are light and love in dark spaces. The grandmother’s, a story of fight and resiliency. The granddaughter’s, one of love and inspiration. A few weeks ago, someone responded to my comment on oneContinue reading “Be Worthy of the Histories You Learn”