New Addition To My Family!


My daughter just had a baby!  She’s a preemie, so she’s very tiny.  We just got to bring her home on Friday.  We’ve been very busy!  I love being a grandma!  I can’t wait to show her off to everybody!  A couple of family members have gotten to see her already.  She’s the cutest little thing ever!  Of course I could be a little biased!

I hope everyone is having a great summer.  Till next time,

— Joyce.

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Worst Weekend Ever!!!


I had a horrible weekend!  My husband passed away unexpectedly.  My son has been having a very hard time with it.  They were very close.  I’m still in shock.  Everyone says that I’m doing so well dealing with it.  I have no choice.  I have to be strong for my son.  Someday, when he’s doing much better, I’ll probably break down.  Right now, I can’t.  I have to be there for him.  We are making arrangements for a Celebration of Life for him.  I miss him so much!  We just celebrated our 21st anniversary in March.  In a few years, it would have been our 25th anniversary.  We were going to do something special.  We don’t usually do anything because we’re broke.  But we were going to find the money somewhere to do something small.  We deserved it.  Now that will never happen.  Everyone keeps telling me not to dwell on that.  A friend told me that I could still do something special for myself on that day.  It’s going to be so hard!

Please send some positive thoughts to my family and me.  We can really use it right now.  Thank you so much for everyone who is there for me.  It is so appreciated!

Till next time,

— Joyce.

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Medication Update


I had a doctor’s appointment this morning to check on my medication.  She lowered the dose of my Abilify.  I’m going from 2 tablets to 1 1/2 for two weeks, then down to 1 tablet for two weeks.  I see her again in July.  She’s leaving my Cymbalta the same for now.  We both thought that I was doing so well that I might not need as much medication.  I was told by staff at the Peer Support Centre that I was taking initiative and being a leader in all kinds of projects there.  They have seen a big change in me lately.  I feel so confident.  I love feeling like I’m making a difference to people.

So, right now, I’m on 7.5 mg of Abilify and 60 mg of Cymbalta for two weeks, then 5 mg of Abilify and 60 mg of Cymbalta, to be reassessed in one month.

That’s all for now.  Till next time,

— Joyce.

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Middle-of-the-Night Update


It’s 3:00 am and I haven’t slept a wink all night.  I don’t know why I can’t sleep.  I’m exhausted but not sleepy.

I’ve read several books over the last few weeks.  Most of them were about Borderline Personality Disorder.  I will be reviewing them shortly.

I took part in an event recently in which there were supposed to be vendors and community groups.  I think that my Peer Support Centre was the only community group that took part in the event.  A friend from the Centre and I had a table with materials for people to take with information about the Centre.  I also had some pamphlets about my Group.  Most people just walked by on their way to the vendors, but we had a few people interested who took some materials with them.  So we might have a few new people to the Centre and maybe even to my Group.  That would be great!

I’m still very excited to be taking part in “Project I Am Not Ashamed” in August.  My friends and I are going to start working on our signs soon.

That’s all for now.  Till next time,

— Joyce.

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