22.1.15

Oh, Hey...Congress

This weekend is bringing about one of those moments that only comes about once in a lifetime. I have talked on here quite a few times about my struggle with mental illness.  It has even played a small part of why I have gone a while without blogging lately.  Over the past few years, there have been a few times that I have been able to speak at events and to small groups, sharing the impact of mental illness on my life and its effect on not only me, but my family and friends. 

On Saturday... the group won't be so small (390) and the audience will include a rather prolific mix. I will be given the amazing opportunity to tell my story before an audience that can change lives. I will be speaking before state and national senators, congressman and other legislators. Whenever I spend too much time thinking of it, my heart races and I feel like I may vomit.  (Don't worry, I am sure my husband will be recording it, so, if it happens, youtube infamy shall be mine.)


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I have never been more humbled to share my experiences, not because they are any more important than anyone else, but because, hopefully,my journey puts a real face to this illness for them. That I do a justice for everyone else in my circumstance who has never been given such a platform. 

There is much to be done in the mental health arena. From the part that insurance plays, to the stigma you face from so many sides, including those in the medical field...to the demons that live in your own mind, this illness must be taken head on. (pun almost not intended)

Wish me luck and I can't wait to share how it all panned out. And I hope to be back more frequently. I have missed reading and catching up on all your shenanigans. 




3 comments:

  1. I know you are going to do well. Knock their socks off. I am so proud of you for telling your story.

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  2. I am so proud and excited for you. Speak from your heart, you can't go wrong. GOOD LUCK!

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  3. I am so proud of you, Amanda! Praying that you do not vomit! (AND that God will give you strength, courage, and the right words!)

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