Guest Blog Post: Stephanie Bumgarner-Journey to fun, feisty and fit

My name is Stephanie and I have suffered from Major Depressive Disorder and ADHD since I was a child. I never know where to begin with this story, so I’ll start by telling you a little bit about who I am and where I come from. I am a middle child, one of three girls. My father is a retired Col in the United States Army and my mom was a stay at home mom majority of my life.… Continue reading

5 Simple Ways To Get To Know Your Neighbor

Our neighborhood is a pretty tight knit group, especially those of us with kids who are of similar ages. We are often outside as our kids rides their bikes in one big pack or draw huge chalk designs on as many squares of our sidewalk as possible. We have block parties on 4th of July and on Halloween and even schedule “Dad’s Nights out” or “Mom’s Nights Out” (someone has to stay home to watch the kids!!).

The… Continue reading

Guest Post: “I am not ashamed, I’m a survivor!” By Hannah Mills

I have a chronic incurable disease. This disease can seem like it’s in remission, then seize me leaving me incapacitated, completely helpless and hopeless.

If I suffered from …say… epilepsy and ended up in the hospital, there would be an outpouring of community support. I would be sent cards, my parents would be made dinners and offered support. People would talk about how unfair it is I have to face such a torturing disease.

I have bipolar. Do you… Continue reading

Why I Am Here. Why I Am Still Here. Why YOU should be here too!

You know that good ‘ole black and white movie that is played numerous times between Thanksgiving and Christmas? It has characters such as an “angel in training,” a little girl who loves the ring of a bell and a young man trying to figure out his life and what his part is in it all. Oh and the main character is a played by a young handsome actor with a fantastic Southern drawl named James Stewart.

You know the… Continue reading

“Be kind to one another today and every day”

Robin Williams speaks a lot of truth here. I wish he was still here to bring us laughter but more importantly so he could feel true laughter and happiness for himself. His death was not in vain however, as after his death the discussion on mental health was brought to the surface and people started talking more. I’m sure there were many of us who could identify to an extent with the pain of depression.

So tomorrow I ask for… Continue reading

Find Peace Mr. Williams

Mr. Williams

(Originally written on 8/11/14)

Today, the world learned of the passing of one our times greatest comedians, Robin Williams, at the age of 63, of an apparent suicide.  I saw his name pop up on my news feed and my thought was more about a new television show or movie he had coming up, not that the media was announcing his apparent suicide.  As someone who struggles with Bipoolar disorder, it hit me hard. In a… Continue reading