*****RAFFLE ALERT***** I'm sure some, if not all of you will remember this. For those of you that don't, I would direct you to my profile on Facebook under Tori-Paul Brock, where you can find the background story on this. It was posted on September 27, 2017.
Guys, my daughter is nine years old. Think about that for a second. Nine. At seven, she had to start watching her mummy's health deteriorate. She started having to worry that she was hugging her mummy too tightly - a thing no child should ever have to worry about. She knows my illness won't kill me. But she knows it won't get better. She knows it will get progressively worse though... That it causes me to be fatigued. That it causes me physical pain, and that I can't run and play with her like other mums do with their children. We haven't had a proper family vacation in a long time. I had to stop working because of my illness. She knows these things too.
Now, I know some of you may think that I should have not told her about certain things that have to do with my illness, that I should have protected her. But to you I say: To what end? She is still allowed to be a child. Only now, she has a greater sense of compassion and empathy, because of what I'm going through. She's armed with knowledge. My daughter wants desperately to do something to raise money for research into fibromyalgia. What causes it? What is the best treatment option or options for the "global" symptoms that won't potentially harm patients? What is the best way to find a cure? Can we find a cure?
This dreamcatcher will go to the winner, who's name will be drawn from a hat, vase, box, or bin on January 8, 2018... I'm really hoping it's a bin! ☺
Tickets are being sold for $5 each or 5 for $20 and all of the proceeds will go to the FM society of Canada. Ticket purchases can be made through PayPal to:
The only thing I ask, is if you decide to make a purchase of Tickets, please DM me your name when you do so I know to put your name in. Please share this around. If you can afford to, please, let's do something great and show my daughter that people really can come together for a worthy cause!
Much Love, -T- 💛😘
this summer, i was admitted to a mental hospital for a suicide attempt. I never thought i'd graduate high school without committing suicide, but i graduated with a 3.9 gpa. Here i am, 3 months into my freshman year of college. It does get better. Maybe not the best, but better. #sicknotweak
29 years on my journey through mental illness has taught me that having mental illness is an ongoing process of recovery. Recovery does not mean I have made it to the other side, crossed the bridge or been cured of mental illness. Recovery means that I have accepted that mental illness is a part of who I am. It is as valid a part of me as the things about me that I love. It is not all of me and completely me but a part of my being-ness. That is the acceptance that keeps me well.
I'm honoured to share my journey through mental health as the Keynote speaker for this year's Caritas School of Life Together Event tomorrow. Click the link in my bio to read more!
What have I been up to lately? Well (other than my life imploding in on itself) I have been procrastinating!! .
Isn't this quote about procrastination just SO DARN PERFECT?"
Procrastination is like a credit card. It's a lot of fun until you get the bill." Anyone else finding it hard to get (or stay) motivated? .
I'm really great at starting....but then my #ADHDBrain is convinced that something else needs to be done..... Sigh. #thestruggleisreal
I finished my therapy orientation today and Monday I begin outpatient therapy. I wasn’t expecting to start already. It’s good. The first person I told was father Paul of course.
This is for 8 weeks #mentalhealth it’s okay to seek help #noshame#sicknotweak
T’is the season for #squash ! From #pumpkinpie , to spaghetti squash pasta, to #butternutsquash mash, squash is one of the most versatile & delicious vegetables out there. The best part? Squash is known to improve the quality of your eye sight, strengthen your immune system, reduce insomnia and so much more. What are you cooking this weekend? #TGIF | 📸 @greenhousejuice
Which wheel would you rather be on?
I understand how very hard it is when you are in pain that is relentless and perhaps dealing with depression as well. However, start small. Today maybe you can get out of bed and clean your teeth and wash your face. Tomorrow do the same and put on clean clothes, stay upright for a bit and do a few stretches, wiggle your fingers and toes, rotate your wrists and ankles.
The next day, as above, then make sure to drink a few glasses of water 💦 eat a piece of fruit 🍉 and clean your dishes when you are done. Open your front door🚪 and step outside.
I am on this journey. My mental and physical health have much improved over the last 17 years, but I have to do the work. Balance and pacing are key for me. Balance in nutrition, rest, sleep, teaching, my own self care, exercise. Sometimes it is more about not doing something than doing. I am still working on all of the things I listed above, I am no where near perfect, but I am rewarded with better days when I live in balance. Confession here; I chronically over schedule myself which throws any chance of balance off. It is my work and I am learning.
#keepingitreal#connectionnotperfection#chronicpain#spoonielife#fibromyalgia#mentalhealth#SicknotWeak#stopchasingpain#chronicpainselfmanagement#depression#smallchanges#cpmcentres#balance#yoga#meditation @cpmcentres @accessableyoga
To the fighting who feels like they've hit rock bottom but they keep going.
I'm with you. I'm going through it to.
This isn't my rock bottom but it feels close. •
It's a roller coaster and it's draining and today I lost most of my day to the simplest self care - like simply getting out of bed.
That's not fun - spending your days simply doing what people do in minutes makes the hardest struggle even worse. •
It is so hard but we are the fighters who keep going and will thrive. 💪🏼
I think EVERYONE should follow @mentalillnesstaughtme because EVERYONE knows someone with a mental illness (whether you know that you do or not) and this account is full of both insightful and inspiring posts. REPOST:
Introspection and learning how to be self aware of patterns has helped tremendously with my recovery. Picking up on the lack of sleep, barely eating, and slowly isolating myself let's me know that an possible episode is coming. A lot of times they are inevitable, so I just have to ride the wave until it passes. Especially with seasonal changes.
Keeping track can be done personally or if you have a great support system, make them aware to look out for the signs.
This Is The Day I feel a little behind on This Is The Day. Life is happening more than it ever has for me which means that Instagram hasn’t been at the forefront of my focus. I feel on my game in every part of my life except for with online advocacy. That’s not a problem, nor an achievement, just an observation. In the summer, I would look back on my first year of university with astonishment and pride. I was absolutely floored by the knowledge that I functioned so well during my first year away from SMA. The fact of the matter is that I was only doing well relative to Grade 12. I’ve learned that doing well isn’t defined by one leap in the right direction or by the difference between only two, juxtaposed states of being. Grade 12 was hell, first year was great, and second year is better! I can attribute that trend to hard work on therapy, lots of personal reflection, and a stellar support system. I guess I could say that I’m looking at things through a more realistic lens compared to when this advocacy stuff was taking off. Life is sweet right now. But sweet as in the taste of a perfectly ripe piece of fruit instead of a sugar-filled slurpee. Things aren’t perfect. My anxiety has been through the roof in some ways. That being said, I have managed to attend every one of my classes (except for the ones when I was in Ottawa), I have connected with friends, and I have developed an organizational system that is really working for me. I am content. I will try to post more fact-based content here in the coming months because I really value objective but casual education here on social media. This post will serve as a check-in since I haven’t been writing mini essays as often as I used to. If you have any ideas for future posts, please send me a message! I’d love to hear what you have in mind. Life is afoot! Insta is in motion. Beazy's life has less commotion. Let me know how you're doing in the comments or through dm. 💜🌞😄
I can't believe our 9th annual Hatsquerade takes place next Friday. 9 years! I am overwhelmed with the success of @hatsonforawareness and all the support we have been given over the years. Over 9 years ago, I spoke a promise out loud to a friend, and he stepped up and has helped me fulfill that promise. I am eternally grateful Benny, for your support, your belief in me, and your commitment to the success of #talkhatson . Over 900 Tickets sold so get your tickets today! #heartsmiling#fundraiser#mentalhealth#mentalwellness#mentalillness @camhfoundation @jackdotorg @hrh_foundation #camh#endthestigma#sicknotweak
I have to come clean about something... I usually pride myself on being open and honest about how I'm feeling. Lately I have been hiding the fact that I have relapsed into depression. Its difficult for me to admit because I have been doing well for so long. I feel embarassed to some degree and like a failure. I am struggling to get back to who I am. Luckily this time I know what I have to do. I have to dig deep into the tool box I have worked so hard to put together to keep myself well. Today I got myself off the couch and put on some gym clothes. Time to leave some of this behind on some fitness equipment. I can't let this illness get me, I will keep fighting. ❤️💪 #SickNotWeak#Depression#FightBack
2 года, и 3 месяца после #гийеннабарре
Часто кроссфитеров спрашивают, чем функциональные тренировки #crossfit так прям полезны и круты, и чем они отличаются от остальных фитнесс систем? Мы, т.е. кроссфитеры пытаемся объяснить все очень таким простым незамысловатым примером:
Если вдруг ты идешь такой по делам, и очень, ну очень сильно торопишься, а тут во дворе бабушка стоит с 50кг мешком картошки, и говорит что у нее сломался лифт, а она живет на 9 этаже, и ей совсем некому помочь, кроме тебя молодого и сильного человека. Не откажешь же ты почтенной женщине в помощи, и отозовешься на этот призыв. Но! Хватит ли у тебя для данной задачи, не только сил и красивых мышц, а сможешь ли ты это сделать потратив минимальное количество времени и не скрючится по дороге так и не дойдя до финиша?
Как часто я с умным видом приводил этот пример. Не зная что проверка меня лично на этой теме настигнет так быстро😅 Правда сегодня это была моя родная бабушка, и мешок был не с картошкой, а с рисом, и вес был не 50, а 30 кг, и да этажей было всего 2🙈 Но тем не менее, с неимоверными усилиями в моих потраченных ногах и пальцах, постоянной ловлей пока для меня неудержимого равновесия, 4 чекпоинтами отдыха, самыми яркими проклятиями неработающего лифта, и безумным страхом уронить мешок и больше никогда его не поднять. Я показал себя настоящим, примерно тридцати процентным кроссфитером🏋️♀️✊️😁. К слову о восстановлении, этот случай мне напомнил о том что лечение медикаментами за весь период болезни продолжалось лишь месяц с небольшим. Все остальное время по сей день это только тренировки в стиле #nomercy & #noexcuses , и грамотный нутришон🍗🍫🍰🍩🥛😁моей любимой мамы)))
Both Carolyn & Stephanie work in the mental health field - they bring unique real-life experiences and stories to their workshop, offering a more in-depth training experience. Learn more about their MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) workshop in their latest YouTube video. (Watch the full video at the link in our bio👆)
Myles Mattila is an exceptional young man that we have had the privilege to support. He is a Youth Mental Health Advocate and has organized a great fundraiser this weekend. Please consider supporting this great cause. #aspirefamily#mentalhealth#sicknotweak
I have learned that it is much easier to find happiness in life when we focus on what HAVE than what we WANT. My challenge for you guys today is to practice the art of being grateful. Thanksgiving is right around the corner so what better time to count our blessing and focus on the good in our life instead of always pointing out the negative. 💙