Well, my first week as a ‘blogger’ (if that’s a thing?!), the week has flown by and I was slightly alarmed (well, perhaps all of a sudden somewhat self conscious?), then excited, that a few people were interested enough to read my first post. The world wide web sure is an amazing thing! As is life; like how a country kid such as myself could end up working in suburbia, let alone quite happily, doing something I was told many times along the way in the words, or to the effect of ‘not being cut out for,’ then writing about it for just about anyone to see, is not far from mind blowing! This week has been challenging at times, second week back at work, settling into the groove again after being away, demanding at times though such is just being back to ‘normality.’ Life. You see, one of the things I’ve struggled most living with mental illness is just maintaining a balance, consistency and stability over time. Every aspect of my life. Even just committing some time on my Sunday afternoons to write, I find personally satisfying and hopeful to continue (irrespective if anyone actually reads…). And in that time also, reading the experiences of and connecting, albeit over geographical distance, with other human beings. As having experienced extensive isolation, a close friend to inconsistency, throughout life, I find that kind of cool! Take care all, J.
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I'm a practising veterinary surgeon; passionate about animals and people, all areas of general practice, from medicine to surgery, with a particular interest in integrative medicine (TCVM). After nearly a year in a sort-of phase of contemplation, I've gained the courage to start this blog with the aim to write weekly on my experiences, as a vet, however also surviving, towards thriving, after much pain, loss and at times sheer hopelessness, to in time finding my purpose in my life, relationships and work. I'm on a journey now recovering from mental illness (Complex-PTSD, major depression and substance misuse), working to be the best doctor I can for my patients and clients, while developing a growing passion for yoga and meditation along with other various outlets in nature, hiking and photography. My hope is to one day connect with others on this adventure that is life, with all its ups and downs, as well as advocating for mental illness, to reduce stigma. Perhaps in doing so I may offer a little hope (and humour!) along the way... Please feel free to join me, read or reach-out. You are not alone. Wishing love and kindness to all... J View all posts by J