The Back-Story

I graduated from Canadore College‘s Print Journalism program and though I haven’t worked in the journalism field professionally I have always had a passion for writing and language. My other passions include reading, movies, TV and music – obviously, I enjoy a good story no matter the medium.

I have a surprising amount of “life experience” through which I have learned a great deal about myself, other people and how we interact with one another. I’ve learned there are at least two sides to every story and somewhere, usually somewhere in the middle, is the unbiased truth. I’ve learned that not everyone views the world the same way and that’s a good thing. But the main thing I’ve learned is that I still have a lot to learn.

I started Surviving the Madhouse in 2011 with the intent of providing a voice for parents with kids with mental illness. Lots has changed in those 3 years – both my kids are in high school now, I’m in a committed relationship with a very patient and wonderful man, and I have been diagnosed with PTSD.

This diagnosis has changed the focus of my writing. Now it’s not just about the kids. It’s about me too. We are a family learning to live, love and laugh either in spite of or because of our mental illnesses.

Originally I wrote “Surviving The Madhouse is my attempt to not only download the excessive amount of activity that happens around my house on a daily basis but to provide hope for other parents of kids with mental illness and to let you know YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I hope to hear from other parents, after all, I need to know I’m not alone too. I truly believe there is a reason behind all of this experience I’ve gained, and if by sharing my experiences, the lessons I’ve learned, the resources I’ve tapped into, with others, means one person will have an easier time of it than I have, then I have accomplished a great deal.”

Well, now I’m writing not just for parents to know they’re not alone, but for anyone who is diagnosed with a mental health illness and feels secluded. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I hope you’re able to glean something from this blog, a nugget of wisdom, a new perspective, a smile or even a laugh. A word of caution though, my sense of humour does tend to run to the dry, sarcastic side, so please don’t take too much to heart.

I enjoy getting feedback so please comment, share your story with me too. After all, we’re here to help each other.


7 Responses to The Back-Story

  1. Deanne Enright says:

    I want to congratulate you on the professional site that you have created. I will pass this forward as I know it will help and inspire others facing the same challenges. My son had OCD when he was a teen and it truly was a learning experience that changed us all forever. We blindly manoeuvred through this time and found healing but how nice it would have been to have had a list of resources and support as you have provided. I did that journey alone and at a time when there was little understanding….Thank you.

  2. PN says:

    Thank you for sharing your life with us. As a mother of two children I relate to what you are going through, and applaud your healthy attitude towards it all.
    My oldest child has ADHD, Verbal Dyspraxia, CAPD, Omnipotent Tendencies, OCD tendencies, and Anxiety tendencies.
    And my youngest definately can have the TRM (tantrum, Rage, Meltdown) quite often… lol…
    They should make it a term! Keep spreading this message. Its a good one!

  3. scottydmg says:

    I have just quickly browsed your site and have found it extremely intresting. Being a father of 2 children with tourettes I can totally relat to some of your writings. Keep up the great work and I will be coming back often.

    • Holly says:

      Thanks for your comment! I’m glad you found the Madhouse interesting. It’s a challenging life sometimes, raising kids with mental illness, but I find it rewarding as well. Please let me know how you and your family are making out. Take care.

  4. Hello, I was meant to notify you this morning but I ran out of time! I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award, I hope you’ll be happy to accept 🙂 the link is here hopefully you’ll have received a pingback too

  5. Winding road says:

    Hi! I’ve been told that maybe my pinger isn’t working…so, wanted you to know I nominated you for the Liebster award 🙂

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