May 9, 2013 is marked within the deepest part of her soul.
It’s only brain surgery they said.
8 hours into a place of the unknown, she drifted to a deep sleep.
You never know who or what may change your life – until it does.
And the 8 hours are up, she awakes to a new life – a life of chronic pain that can only been seen in her face.
It’s an invisible illness they said.
She struggles to maintain her composure.
How does one live with pain, deep pain, pain that doesn’t discriminate and doesn’t stop to ask you your name.
SHE does, she struggles, she cries, she hurts, she screams, she writes, she draws, she smiles, because when time doesn’t stop, she can’t stop.
And when she asks for help, he says, I can’t take the pain, but I can give you something for the pain.
She continues to scream the silent scream.
Be grateful, be thankful – they say.
But when one has no other choice but to be strong, then strong she is.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and being that our mental health is just as important as your physical health, I encourage you to get screened, get help or ask for help. There are both adults and children going through some type of mental illness – break the stigma, it’s not bad, you’re not crazy and you can get better by getting help.
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