My battle cry: Ignorance is not an excuse.

ignorance

 

I have had OCD for 14 years. Throughout those 14 years, I’ve been supported, understood and believed by many people in my life.  I’ve been shown a great deal of love and patience. I’ve seen effort and kindness, compassion and an incredible amount of care. To those people…thank you….from the bottom of my heart. THANK YOU.

The thing is…I’ve also felt a lot of negative things about my diagnosis.

I’ve felt embarrassed and ashamed.

I’ve felt burdened and scared.

I’ve felt guilty and sad.

I’ve felt overwhelmed, confused, angry and frustrated.

I’ve been dismissed and ignored and even felt betrayed a time or two.

This year I’ve made a commitment to myself and my health.

I will no longer allow myself to be treated negatively over something I have no control over.

I will no longer accept ignorance as an excuse for any lack of understanding about my diagnosis from the people in my life.

I welcome questions. I welcome conversations. I welcome any positive interest in my diagnosis.

If you are in my life…if we are friends, if you love me…

ignorance is not an excuse.

 

If you have a mental illness, physical illness, or any other misunderstood challenge in your life it’s time pick your chin up and stop feeling shame. Expect more from the people in your life. Stop punishing yourself by accepting things the way they are. Join me in my battle cry….

ignorance is not an excuse.

If you love someone or even care about someone with a mental illness, physical illness or any other challenge that is misunderstood in life, be respectful, be understanding, be kind, and learn all that you can! You’re going to have to step it up, because

Ignorance is not an excuse.

Thanks for reading~

nikkisig

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37 thoughts on “My battle cry: Ignorance is not an excuse.

  1. Indeed, it’s time for conversations about mental health and mental illness to be broadened and intensified! It’s going to be an uphill climb, but if we have the courage to speak up, even in our own little way, we could make a difference.

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  2. I will. Loved this: Stop punishing yourself by accepting things the way they are. Join me in my battle cry….
    ignorance is not an excuse.-it’s the sole reason I continue to fight for the implementation of trauma informed care. Ignorance is not an excuse.

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  3. Good for you Nikki! Carrying the weight of living with a mental health diagnosis is hard enough. But then to carry all the millions of “opinions” out there……EXHAUSTING. Screw ’em all, and do your thing. There is so much good to focus on in the mental health world. So many amazing people, and you are one of them.

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