May the roads rise to meet you. May the wind be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; The rain fall soft upon your fields And, until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
A GAELIC BLESSING
A GAELIC BLESSING
John helped me get through a time when I was terrified--so afraid, I couldn't close my eyes.
I'm going to miss him...
the normality of madness John McCarthy
I would be so careful of the potential damage caused when we buy into the phrase "mental Illness" as if it is a disease of the brain. I have had 4 different diagnoises in my life when I woke up to the fact i had never had a test of any kind to confirm those guesses around my behaviour. I would love to hear from any of you who has undergone any type of medical test to confirm diagnoise to my knowledge NO such test exists and until the THEORY of chemical imbalance can be scientifically proved we really should be careful of buying into the whole medical model.
I lost my ability to unselfishly love ME. My spirit and my ability to challange life deserted me . When I stopped fighting the normality of madness and honored (it) as a part of who I am I found peace. Life is a beautiful thing, madness brings great gifts, and despair. But to fight madness, to try drive it out that is a fight you will loose.
So I sat with madness found peace through the breath with madness I so love life now write poetry now hold my family ever expanding grew a ponytail at 55. I am different more at peace, more in love, more loving of myself as a unique person.
I walked away from those who said I was diseased in my brain that I had an illness. My emotional self was suffering I put an end to that suffering with love. Check us out at MadPride Ireland
We are not ill ladies and gents we are gifted we simply get no help to recognise our gift we are informed it is a "mental illness" do not buy into the words!!
|John and his wife, Liz photo by Billy MacGill|
Editorial Posted on 11/01/2012 y Deirdre O'Shaughnessy @deshocks
“The world won’t be as much fun now that he’s left it.”