May 24, 2016

May Board Blog

May Advisory Board Blog

Posted May 24, 2006, by Jules

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Hello, Chronically Awesome Friends.
May is a big month. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. May is always busy at CAF. When the Chronically Awesome come together for mental health support, some of us have depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or another mental health condition. Then there are those with a chronic physical illness that, due to the nature of chronic conditions, become depressed and anxious, or isolated and alone. To us, there is no difference because pain is

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. May is always busy at CAF. It is a time when the entire Chronically Awesome community comes together for mental health support. Some of us have depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or another mental health condition. Then there are those with a chronic physical illness that, due to the nature of chronic conditions, become depressed and anxious, or isolated and alone. To us, there is no difference because pain is pain is pain. One in five people has some mental health condition. With so many in our communities, both online and offline, it is always a surprise to me that there is so much stigma toward the mentally ill. That number tells me that we all know someone living with a mental illness. All of us has a family member with a mental illness. When someone stigmatizes someone with mental illness, they are stigmatizing someone they love.

We in the Chronically Awesome community learn to not only live a better, more positive life with our illness, but we also learn to share what we have learned with others that are walking the same path that we are walking. We have much to share with others about what we have learned, and about what being Chronically Awesome means to each of us, individually. When we share our stories with others, we may find that we are not alone and that someone else has a similar journey to our own.

Chronically Awesome News You Can UseMay began a new education program for The Chronically Awesome Foundation. Our “News You Can Use” newsletter began on May 20th, 2016 with an article about the importance of staying hydrated. Published on our various Facebook and Twitter pages as well as our Google+ Community, the articles inform, educate, and reach out to the Chronically Awesome as well as caregivers and family members.
If you are interested in becoming a contributor to Chronically Awesome’s “News You Can Use”, contact me at julianna@chronicallyawesome.org
Finally, throughout the month I have begun work with WEGO Health as one of their “Depression Patients You Need To Know”. I hope that by using my advocacy work to help the Bipolar and Depression Community that you, the Chronically Awesome Community will also reap the benefits. Any time that one of us wins, all of us wins.

I hope that you keep checking back with the WEGO Bipolar Sharing Hub for more information as it is added.

Also, please continue to check back with our Condition Center as I add more information there to help you, your loved ones and your caregivers understand your condition better.

And now, to June!
Jules