Archive for the ‘mental health’ Category

Don’t Bring The Past Into Your Future

“The truth is, I don’t know how to deal with you being depressed and I don’t think I can handle it…” My ex-husband said those words to me after I’d finally gathered up the courage to open up to him about what I was experiencing and how it was affecting me and our marriage. I’d […]

Suicide is Not Selfish via @BlogHer

I don’t want to hear another person say that suicide is “selfish”. I am absolutely fed up and done with this idea that because someone took his or her own life, that someone acted selfishly and without consideration of the feelings of others and the impact such an act would have on the lives of […]

For Black Women, Enjoying Sex is a Revolutionary Act of Resistance

Last year, I saw the Academy Award-winning movie by director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free Black man kidnapped and sold into slavery in the mid-19th century. The movie presents the most honest, albeit heartbreaking, portrayals of American slavery that we’ve ever seen on film, and […]

Wondering What Life Is Like After #WLS?

I’m starting a new series on BlogHer about living life after having Weight Loss Surgery. Hope you check it out In June 2011, I had weight loss surgery to aid in my journey towards losing half of my body weight. Having peaked at 406lbs in college (maybe more, but that was the last recorded weight […]

For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Remember That Love Doesn’t Hurt

Love does not hurt you Love fills you with strength and beauty Love knows no abuse -FJ The first time someone I (thought I) loved slapped me, I was stunned into silence. I was 16, he was 24, and while there were so many things wrong with our pairing, the physical and emotional abuse were […]

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