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Sucking on Lemons

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It’s like you asked me about the depression thing: you grope towards an understanding of whatever it is you’re going through, and it’s not personal, there are forces in play around you, and you seek to understand them and that way you can go on.

— Bob Geldof

Depression – whenever you encounter it – is inconvenient, sometimes painful and can be life changing.  There are many kinds of depression:

Situational: a major change, expected or unexpected, throws you for a loop and until you get your feet back under you, there’s discomfort, anxiety, uncertainty, and lots of blue days.

Chronic: like any chronic illness, this form of depression is Continue reading » Sucking on Lemons

Riding the Mood Coaster

Life is always challenging. Sometimes the challenge is invigorating and sometimes it is draining. When I was younger, I saw every challenge as an opportunity. I believed that if you were smart and worked hard, you would eventually prevail. I was lucky… and naïve.

I should have known better. My maternal grandmother died of breast cancer when my mother was 17. She had been sick for four years. Despite that history, it’s taken me 50-some years to learn that not everything can be fixed with hard work and smarts.

Continue reading » Riding the Mood Coaster