I was born with addicts running reckless in my family Addiction meandered up and down my veins Planning the perfect time to strike Hitting me like I’d imagine an 18-wheeler would It’s said that if you live by the sword, you die by the sword Tell that to my cousins In and out of jails, […]
My heart throws itself against its cage in the silence so hard it rocks the car. The first time, in California, I actually thought it tremors from the drought-brown folds of San Andreas but a needle of a different kind jumps tonight. Ten winters before breath obscured everything beyond this windshield my Nana gingerly set […]
That seems to be the catch-all answer for anyone who’s having a hard day or going through a tough time in their lives. What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. It makes sense, you survive the trial and you’re a better person because of it. We all have trials in our lives that tax us, […]
When I was a child, like many other children, I learned that drugs are wrong. They are not something to be played with. They ruin lives. That notion has stuck with me, unwavering, in my 25 years of life. I know that belief is embedded in my mind. My problem lies within the fact that […]
From a very early age I felt like I didn’t belong anywhere. I would often hide at Holidays or family gatherings. I didn’t know how to make conversation without the feeling I would be laughed at. As a twin I sometimes felt that I wasn’t meant to be. I thought my sister was the one […]
If I take a break, And ease the tension In my shoulders, Soften the aching In my spine, I am afraid The weight of yours, I hold Will finally, Be mine.
I have someone who is very close to me who struggles with drug addiction and alcoholism. He has always loved being a big brother, but most of the time his addiction gets the best of him..
This piece, titled “Losing Your Mother to Mental Illness”, comes from the incredibly brave Ariana Hegarty, who reflects upon her mother’s bipolar disorder. I’ll never forget our shopping sprees and laughing until our stomachs hurt in the dressing room when something I thought was adorable, looked ridiculous. But as the years go on, the good memories fade […]
Though there are billions of us, I feel alone amongst all the noise, I hear silence all those wondering eyes, yet I am not seen Loneliness is my companion, who is always beside me In the biggest city or the smallest village, there is no one No home, no love, no pain, no fear, just […]
Today in therapy J came up with possibly her least helpful suggestion ever. I was telling her how overwhelmed I feel with everything at the moment and how I can’t even begin to deal with it because I don’t know where to start. In this scenario, she usually suggests we try and just ‘untangle’ a […]