I was twenty-one when I first moved away from home for a semester of college. It might seem late to some but for a young girl with no direction in life, depressed and suffering with anxiety and undiagnosed PTSD from childhood sexual abuse she had yet to disclose to anyone, this was a huge deal. … More “Get out of the van, Mia; Keep going.” – A 24 mile life lesson about not giving up.
Three years ago I was in so much pain that leaving this world, ending my life, was the only way I believed the pain would all end. Last night I started writing a post about what got me to that point and I couldn’t complete it, I became too emotional. I will complete that post … More Tell someone you are happy they are ALIVE today
There is a disturbing trend going around. It’s out of control. I dare say, it is possibly the most threatening event of the first few days of 2016. That’s right, folks … I am talking about the use of “spirit animal” getting out of hand. I have recently heard on a TV program and … More Struggle with Joy
I hate the words “mental illness”. They somehow say to me that my brain is sick, my brain is less than your brain, and as such isn’t good enough – is defective. Others might feel differently but this is me – I am not a label and I am not ill. I believe my … More Um … Should you call me fragile?
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
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.
**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?