My younger sister, Tiffany, has a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. She faced serious and significant battles with mental health and addiction between 2004 and 2010, but has since had two children and has been managing her life in much healthier ways. Proper medication, a predictable routine and a strong support system have been, and will continue to be, crucial to Tiffany’s success. We’re incredibly proud of how far she’s come, and want to ensure her continued movement forward towards a happy and healthy life in which she’s able to thrive independently as a woman and mom of two.
When Tiffany was going through her worst of times, between 2004 and 2010, I journaled all about the seemingly never-ending series of traumatic events. It helped me sort through the constant barrage of thoughts and feelings that were running through my head, and it helped our family keep track of all the things that were happening. Because let’s be real. Things got more than a little crazy.
To this day, those 231 pages of raw, unedited single-spaced content sit for my eyes only. I’ve always believed that those journal entries could be turned into a book that would help individuals and families battling significant mental illness and addiction issues. As you might imagine, writing that book would be an enormous undertaking. There is a ridiculous amount of raw material to sort through and organize into a cohesive, compelling story arch for a book proposal. I do not take the prospect of that project lightly and know it will require a significant emotional and spiritual investment, but I trust that God will lead when the time is right. For now, my hope is that I will be able to begin this project during the 2017-18 school year.
In January 2015, I invited my sister to be a regular contributor on my site. Our intention is for Tiffany to share a story once a month, but there are occasional months we skip due to special series, crazy schedules and unforeseeable events.
Beginning March 2017, Tiffany will write about FOUR TOPICS on a rotating FOUR-MONTH schedule.
Month #1: Mental Health & Self-Care
Month #2: Motherhood
Month #3: Daily Living
Month #4: Relationships
My hope is that Tiffany’s stories will raise awareness of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. But I’m also hoping her stories will help readers recognize that we all have hopes, dreams, challenges and mountains to climb regardless of our mental health status.
Below are links to all the stories written about my sister or by my sister to date. Tiffany and I are honored to have you visit this page! Make yourself comfortable and take a peek around. Perhaps you’ll recognize glimpses of your story in the pages of Tiffany’s story.