#ItsOkToNotBeOk

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Flashback to 2001, finding out I had a rare non-smoking lung cancer that would have MOST DEFINITELY taken my life; "dropped dead" they said. Should have.

But didn't.

The doctors found it "by accident" during a routine test. I had Pneumonia SIX times, along with a collapsed lung, pleurisy, and bronchitis more times than I can remember. Let's just say I pretty much spent the first year of the new millenium sick in bed.

On May 23rd, 2001 I had my right lung removed. No chemotherapy, no radiation.. just a HUGE scar that ran down my back and around my side to remind me that I'm lucky.

Lucky to have a doctor who was like a dog with a bone looking for answers that made sense.

Lucky to have a healthcare system that paid for EVERYTHING - including psychotherapy .

Lucky to have a loving husband and kick-ass Dad who took over and did EV-ER-Y-THING that year to help me and our kids get through this Hell we were in.... and I mean EV-ER-Y-THING.
Lucky that I woke up today (on my re-birthday) so that I can say I'm 17 years cancer free, having beaten - no KICKED ASS - the odds of less than a 10% chance of living 5 years post-surgery.

Lucky that my daughter asked if she could photograph my scar for a school project because she said I was her hero and that scars only show us where we've been, NOT where we are going (THAT was a proud Mom moment for me - gotta say!) .
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#scarsarebeautiful #itsokaynottobeokay #depressionsucks #cptsd #beatdepression #mentalillnesses #mentalillness #depersonalization #abuserecovery #projectsemicolon #mentalillnessawareness #itsoktonotbeok #itsoknottobeok #anxietyawareness #itwillgetbetter #mentalhealthawareness #depressionawareness #itsokaytonotbeokay #postnataldepression #bipolarawareness #anxietysucks #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #mentalhealthstigma #panicattacks #panicdisorder #panicattack #anxious #majordepressivedisorder #depressionhelp #obsessivecompulsivedisorder .
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repost @barbarajasper via @virolapp

Im on antidepressants and and anti psychotics and yea I feel some times people will judge more or be like "your a pyhopath" and it does hurt but the truth is they help me....alot and if I didn't have them I would have a full on mental breakdown. So if rather have them and be called horrible names than not have them and not being able to survive!!!! Reposting @projecturok:⠀
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"Medication isn’t for everyone but if you and your doctor/therapist make it a part of your treatment to be OK, that’s OK. Be proud you are taking care of yourself.⠀
🎨: @meandmyed.art
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#mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthawareness #selfcaretips #innerpeace #recoveryispossible #alwayskeepfighting #itsoktonotbeok #beyourself #keepmovingforward #healthymindhealthybody #youarenotalone #mentalhealthresource #selfcareisnotselfish #wearyourlabel #recoveryisworthit #stopthestigma #breakthestigma #endthestigma #mentalhealthwarrior #urok #storiesbreakstigma #tipsforlife #mentalillnessawareness #healthymind #behealthy #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalwellness"

We love this illustration by @scriberian - we can all feel the pressure of life’s daily struggles (especially with big moments like results day coming up) and we all need a reminder to put our mental wellbeing first. 💜Have you asked yourself any of these lately? .
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#scriberian #illustration #mentalhealth #wellbeing #mindfullness #resultsday #checkyourself #itsoktonotbeok #staytruetoyourself

It’s ok to not be ok..... no one should ever feel ashamed to cry or talk about the problems they face, fighting these battle alone can be dangerous and it’s always good to reach out even if it’s to the anonymous phone lines. I’m here for anyone that needs support whether you know me or not message me and let’s have a chat. Remember it’s ok to not be ok..... #itsoktonotbeok #ruok #askforhelpanditwillgetbetter #helpisalwayshere #thereswaysout 💕💕

Morning lovelies. Need some help. I’m looking for a normal sponge cake that has white icing on it so I can add my own decorations (see 2nd pic). I can’t bake a cake to save myself but I can only find fruit cakes. Any recommendations? #cakedecorating #nofruitcakehere #unicorncake #pennysbirthday #mylovelyandme #homemade #mummade #knitting #crafts #crochet #sewing #fromtheheart #itsoktonotbeok #anxiety #depression #sahm #instamum #mum #mums #blogger #mamameetproject #teamtomm #avon #avonrep #avonuk #dundee #scotland #bekind #canihelp

Because of the stigma around reproductive health, many people mask how they are really feeling, especially at work. This can be incredibly exhausting and may also lead to problems at home when bottled up emotions are finally released. Suppressing emotions can be damaging to our long term mental and physical health, and can also exacerbate the underlying condition. We need to make it easier for people to express how they are really feeling, whether it’s sad, angry, exhausted, anxious, paranoid, irritated or suicidal. This starts by creating a culture of open communication and accepting the fact that sometimes people aren’t ok.
#suppression #mentalhealth #pmdd #reproductivehealth #marypoppins #invisibleillness #smashthestigma #breakthetaboo #itsoktonotbeok #communicationiskey #askforhelp #workplace #workplacewellness #manager #support #itsgoodtotalk #empathy #relationships #puttingonabraveface #organisationalculture #honestconversations #openness #wellbeing

So many view suicide as a cowards way out but you're WRONG. Imagine being so trapped within your own mind that you feel it's your only way out...
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Before you pass judgement on anyone, ask if they are ok, lend a non judgemental ear and just be there 💚
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#mentalhealth #iamthechange #suicideprevention #mentalwellbeing #itsoktonotbeok #speakup #changementalhealth #320changesdirection

And sometimes, when you give it a name, it all makes sense.
Trauma: “a very severe shock or very upsetting experience, which may cause psychological damage.” -Collins

I may have devoted my life to learning and practicing the art of healing the self; however, funny enough, I never properly contextualize my own experiences. Trauma can be experienced on a multitude of levels for many different people. What may seem small to one person can be experienced as earth-shattering for another. Understanding that you’ve suffered a traumatic experience is not only the first step to acquiring closure, but the first step in validating a personal experience that otherwise seemed agonizingly out of place.
Although this isn’t the only piece of the puzzle, it certainly allows me to feel some kind of normalization of the events that have led me into the place and state that I am currently. In seeing this now, to myself I’ll say: You Are Worthy, You Are Smart, and You WILL Move Past This. Some way, some how, I have always managed to learn my lessons in the most difficult ways possible, but without a little risk, there’s no chance of reward. 🌸




#selfcare#mentalhealthawareness#itsoktonotbeok#closure#trauma#validation#selflove#movingforward

A rare moment of love, before he tackled her into the ground 😍
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What you don’t see behind the camera is the 6 piles of washing waiting to be folded and put away.... my least favourite chore 😅

Day 22 of happiness habits - bonus and last day.
I have been enjoying incorporating the 6 happiness habits too much I think! I didn't even realise that yesterday was the last day of the challenge of doing them for 21 days!
I've just finished the 6th habit today by doing some yin yoga in my lounge room as we are home again today with a sick child. ✅ meditation ✅ fun fifteen minutes of activity ✅ conscious act of kindness ✅ doubler - writing down details of a positive experience in last 24hrs
✅ practicing gratitude - writing down 3 things I'm grateful for ✅ social connection
To say that the 6 habits have had a positive affect on my mindset and general wellbeing is an understatement! I feel more calmer and content within myself most of the time and I haven't had any of the depression or anxiety symptoms for a while. I have had a few times of being overwhelmed, but I have been able to bring myself back from this before it has escalated.
I have also incorporated other changes at the same time as doing these habits: namely seeing a holistic doctor, being diagnosed and treated for pyroluria, seeing a psychotherapist/life coach and setting some goals, occasionally getting a house cleaner, and writing posts for this page.
All of these changes have made a difference but I feel that the small daily 6 habits that I have been doing have been the cornerstone of the increased positive mindset I am experiencing. They have helped me to crawl out of my depression and anxiety hole.
There is something about the small regular things we can do for ourselves each day. They can bring some peace for just a few minutes to make us a little calmer and more content. The secret of success can be found in our daily routine.
I am proof that doing this works and @shawnachor research findings of these 6 habits increasing happiness are spot on. Thank you @shawnachor !

If you have depression and/or anxiety, are stuck in a rut, are generally unhappy or just want to increase your baseline of contentment, I can recommend giving these habits a go. I'm sure they will make some kind of difference - small or big - in your life.

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