I think it’s easy to be be pessimistic and take the negative connotation of everything that is said, the real challenge is to see the positive side of things.
I’ve been experiencing a few issues that are not only delicate but very challenging. At times I’ve even wondered if I am attracting those things in my life or if they were meant to happen regardless… I know one thing for sure, I’ve dealt with depression before and I would hate to fall back into anything that remotely resembles depression, once again.
They say what you focus on grows, so I’m giving myself this challenge instead; “focus on what you do know”. I know how dark depression can be, i know how easy it is to fall back into depression, and I for sure know I want to be as far away from it as I possibly can.
As we’re entering September, Sickle Cell Awareness Month, I want to focus on promoting the side of Sickle Cell that is less talked about, which is mental health. It is to be expected when you’re going through a crisis for it to affect you mentally; long hospital nights that turn into unrecognizable hospital days, fighting for your wellbeing with doctors who want to play God, all of it affects your psyche; so while we’re educating the world, let’s also discuss the mental health chapter within the Sickle Cell handbook.
Smile, it could be worse!!!