Winning With the Cards We Are Dealt; Victory Over Learning Disorders

The other day a guy I’ve known for a very long time inconspicuously posted this story, HIS story, on his Facebook Status. He was born with a developmental disorder that caused learning disorders, like dyslexia, from an early age. The public school system initially dismissed his potential to be an independent, productive member of society. With parents that were willing to support him, his desire to succeed, a wonderful doctor, and God’s help, Tim McCollum has thrived, becoming a well-respected lawyer, father, and husband. Read this story and be inspired to never give up or dismiss someone based on the hand they are dealt, because it just might trump everyone else’s around them. The words below are his words. Written by Tim McCollum I have been asked by a very good friend, like the sister I never wanted, to write about my childhood. I was a child with a Learning Disability. If you want to stop reading here, that’s fine. That is the reason I put this up front; so you don’t waste your time reading further if this kind of thing doesn’t interest you. My life as a child was something of an adventure, but it was more so…

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Stand Tall Alabama for Mental Health Funding

Wait…. do you hear that? It’s the clock ticking until the availability of Mental Health Services are decimated even further that they already have been. Due to the Alabama Legislature’s inability to pass a budget, a SECOND (yes a SECOND) Special Session as been called, and if our Legislature does not pass a budget by September 30th, all essential programs will be shut down. The Department of Mental Health is considered to be essential, so that means what’s left of our already barebones mental health system will be closed. In the first special session a budget was drafted that called for a 5% decrease in the Department of Mental Health’s budget, which might not sound like a lot, but they’re already keeping things going with chewing gum and shoestrings. They’ve also not had any kind of funding increase in over four years, and costs have increased. Department of Mental Health isn’t asking for an increase (although that would be amazing); they’re just asking for LEVEL FUNDING, which means no decrease. Any decrease is a Double Whammy for Department of Mental Health because the state funds it receives are matched by the federal government… and remember, we don’t like Whammys. Governor…

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On xoJane- It Happened to Me: Postpartum Depression Triggered Bipolar Disorder (Edited 12/28/18)

I am so excited to have this piece published on xoJane.com. Telling my story helps me to come to terms with my mental illness and also allows me to help others with their mental health journeys. Postpartum Depression triggered Bipolar Disorder in me, and I never knew it was even possible until I experienced it. The “baby blues” were not something that I had heard a lot about, and what I HAD heard came from sources like the movie comedy Look Who’s Talking… campy versions of what ended up being a nightmare. I never thought it would happen me. Sure, I had dealt with anxiety issues off and on, but it never occurred to me that I would be dealt the hand of Postpartum Depression. It’s a hand that no mother wants rocking her baby’s cradle. Nothing prepared me for the deluge of emotions that engulfed me like a hurricane following the birth of my first son. The pregnancy had been relatively uneventful, with the exception of a false positive on a genetic abnormalities test and the amniocentesis that followed. At 22, I was newly but very happily married when I found out I was pregnant. My husband and I…

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