So….um….Hi, my name is Jen. I’m 37 and currently living in Arizona but I grew up and spent most of my life in Kansas. I have a super wonderful, loving wife and three cats, Baxter, Precious & Laney. My wife also has two cats, Sissy & Maci. (Yes, we know we are crazy cat ladies and we love it!)
This is my baby girl, Precious, Preshie or Little Bear. Preshie is the best snuggler and such a great cat to take naps with. She’s also part Munchkin, so she has little legs and is so freaking adorable!
We live with my parents because we both struggle with mental illness. I have been on disability now for 5 years and my wife has her disability hearing coming up soon. She and I met in an art therapy program about a year ago and we had an instant connection.
In this blog, I am going to share the artwork I’ve done that has helped me so much on my journey of recovery.
My mental illness diagnosis has included (although some of these come and go and some I’ve recovered from):
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by childhood sexual abuse
- History of Eating Disorder NOS (I’ve swayed back & forth between Anorexia and Bulimia for 20+ years)
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Severe Depression
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- History of Borderline Personality Disorder (I used to self-harm)
- Mood Disorder NOS
So that’s me in a nutshell. Of course there’s much more to me than just my mental illness, but I’m focusing on those issues here in this blog for now. I’m sure you’ll get to know me more as I continue to post.
I’d love to hear from you! What has helped in your journey? What are your hopes and dreams for your life? What are your biggest struggles at the moment? How can you relate to my journey?