Hello! Happy Monday! It really is a happy Monday because I have the honor of publishing this amazing guest post, and you’re here reading it 😉
Last month August did me the great honor of hosting my very first published piece about being queer on her collaborative mental health blog, Survival Is A Talent. Today she has done me another honor: She has written a guest post for Betty’s Battleground, granting us readers intimate insight into her relationship. She discusses a topic that is dear to me: what it’s like to be in a romantic relationship with someone who has PTSD. What makes August’s story unique is that she also lives with a mental illness: bipolar type schizoaffective disorder. Neither she nor her now-fiance had their respective diagnoses when they first began dating. So this piece not only reveals the reality of life with a partner who has PTSD while combating her own symptoms; it also shows us what it’s like to discover that the person you love has a mental illness, while discovering that you yourself do too. This is a unique, beautifully written perspective on a very important topic, and I am proud to have the opportunity to publish it on my blog.
Before I share it with you, I have to make one quick plug! I want to invite any of you MH bloggers, whoever YOU are reading this right now, to join my Mental Illness Blog Share. Off-Fridays is in it’s second week; it’s my new project and it would make me happier than I can express without hogging all of August’s space, if you would help my baby grow! I’ve been able to promo Betty’s Battleground all on my own, but Off-Fridays is a collaboration and really does need your help. Will you help?
I know that y’all have posts that fit! It’s almost a rite-of-passage for mental health/mental illness bloggers to write self-congratulatory posts about mastering a new self-care technique, overcoming a physical, mental, or emotional barrier, or accomplishing some kind of personal, professional, creative, or spiritual feat. Which is wonderful. We should be writing these posts; modeling a positive relationship with self as a way of showing that it’s healthy and appropriate to others who may be struggling to do the same; we should be sharing what works and what doesn’t in our recoveries, so that others can get help with theirs. So thank you for writing these posts. Now…wouldn’t be it be incredible if they could all be gathered together in some kind of archive…or link library…or link-up party (wink-wink)??! I’ve created the platform; all you have to do in order to make this archive of awesome exist is add your link! And it would mean so much to me personally if you would help my project come to life. Read August’s post first! It is really fantastic! I’ll link you to Off-Fridays at the end 😉
Oh also…if you think the title is unbelievably cheesy…don’t put that on August. The superb article is all her; the corny title is all me. Now to August…
August Pfizenmayer is the founder of Survival is a Talent. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and social media manager. A story about her life with schizophrenia has been published in the next volume of The i’Mpossible Project. It is available for pre-order and will be in stores November 2017. You can connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and her personal blog.