My name is Mia Chard. I am a suicide survivor. I am not ashamed. This is the face of suicide. This is the face that the world always saw from me – smiling, happy, helping, loving. No one would have guessed that I would have tried to end my life. No one really knew the … More The face of SUICIDE is often a happy one.
Hello world! Thank you for visiting. Thank you for joining me on my new adventure. Don’t worry, my computer only sustained minor damages from the Martinelli’s Apple Cider. I’m sure if it would have been real champagne the damage would have been a lot worse, good thing I don’t drink. Look at us? Already getting … More Yachts and Red Ribbons
Little moments of goodness happen all the time in our lives; its looking for and appreciating them that can be the challenge. I always felt bothered by the advice that when we feel we are in most need of help, of comfort, of being seen, that it is in looking outward to others that we … More Her name was Patty.
A month ago in a conversation with a friend I respect and appreciate he said something that I took the wrong way at first, something that I let hurt me. We had been talking about some of the experiences I had gone through in my life and the type of pain I felt from them: … More Your pain is not unique.
I stood blinking back tears as my body filled with overwhelming shame and humiliation at what just happened, all the while thinking, “Don’t cry, Mia – whatever you do, don’t you dare cry – don’t let them see you cry … you can go to the bathroom and cry but not here not now.” People … More Looking back can be an explanation, not an excuse.
**originally posted 01/12/2015** I am blessed. I am alive. Two years ago – 01/12/2013, I almost wasn’t. This video is a brief snapshot of some of the moments I would have missed. It hasn’t all been amazing and challenging moments remain for me as they do for all of us; however, seeing some of … More Alive Day.
Wait … wait… wait …. The word reverberated in my head; getting louder each time I said it. Faces are above me, angry faces – wait … two are speaking, I don’t know them, no, not speaking, yelling … Wait … please … wait … I can hear one of them now but it’s like … More The beginning .. before the middle or the end.
**The original post date of this article was 1/11/2014** “One of the greatest lies ever told is that there’s no power in vulnerability.” Dianna Hardy If ever there was a moment in my life where I have needed power … to push through, to overcome, to keep going, it is now. So, with that in … More Did you ever not want to live?