Cropped me

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!)

close upThis is a picture of my Baxter, or “Bubba John” as my mom calls him.  Sometimes we just call him Johnny.  He’s 15 years old and is such a chill dude and most definitely a momma’s boy!

IMG_1471This 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!

IMG_5840This is Laney (or Poopy Pants as we usually call him). My wife found him in the street when he was only a month old.  He’s been such a bright light of energy and spunky attitude!

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
  • Trichotillomania
  • 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?


4 responses »

  1. Art is helping me through allot of things, and when I say art I mean visual art, music, and writing. I once told my mother that if they set school to music I would have graduated top of my class. Miss you guys, and sooooo happy you two met and fell in love!

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