Yesterday, the 10th of October 2010, was World Mental Health Day.
Tomorrow, the 12th of October 2010, will be World Arthritis Day,
I cannot help but think of how i am already being condemned because of what i am. We are all humans aren’t we? We humans falter. We humans are imperfect. Why is it so difficult for us to admit that we have a problem? Why is it so difficult to step forward and say “a little help over here please?”? Why is it that labelling, stereotyping and stigmatisation exist? Why so ugly? And why make everything even more difficult for healthcare professionals? We are humans too aren’t we? We are humans helping humans. So?
So much attention on Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Don’t get me wrong- these people who fight breast cancer, or any other disease or cancer for that matter, deserve my admiration for their tenacity and resilience. But what about invisible diseases? Does a disease, being largely invisible, mean that it is any less than a disease? Does it mean that we as sufferers, don’t battle it and fight it as much as those who have ‘more visible and tangible diseases’? No. The answer is no. What i can say is that for every person out there whom you know is fighting a ‘visible’ condition, there are many more people out there in your social circle, who are fighting invisible conditions. Dare i say 2, 3, or even 10. You don’t know who they are unless they tell you. So, have a little kindness and empathy, to everyone you know, for someone you know is fighting a hard battle without your knowledge. Give them some respect, and give them some love.
Do not ever tell yourself that you’ll never be one of those people who lost it. Because once you believe in that, in all its likelihood, you’ll be one of them too. Don’t say i didn’t warn you. And yes, in all its likelihood, you were not the one screwing yourself up. Someone else was, and actually many others too, including the chemicals in your brain, and it really isn’t your fault.