Within 24 hours of posting Misplaced Anger, my blog was viewed over 30,000 times. Friends and family shared my post, and then their friends shared the page again. Before the week ended, my email was bombarded with private revelations from strangers. Their shoulders were heavy with the shame-filled struggle of mental illness.
Although I've already responded to every email I've received, I would like to address those that are still cringing in front of the computer, afraid someone will see through their facade. Put one foot in front of the other - and soldier on.
You are not a disease, you are not broken. This is but one part of your life.
And you are not alone. You are...(wait for it)...more normal than you think. A quarter of our population is tinged with mental illness in one form or another. You and I are ordinary, run of the mill people. We have nothing to be ashamed of - how do you like them apples?