Not on My Watch #disAbility #Blindness #MentalIllness

Not on My Watch #disAbility #Blindness #MentalIllness

Good morning, to all. I hope this message finds you well.

Here, the coffee is hot, the weather is too but here’s some love from me and Chief Seeing Eye® Dog Blue.

I’ve received a couple of emails from people, wondering what’s up with me. They said they’d not seen much from me and Blue in a bit and were concerned.

First, thanks so much for your concern. It is so appreciated. It’s always nice to be missed.

I’m still here, alive, and kicking. It’s been a rough week or two, with several triggering events which left me needing to curl up in my recliner with a good book and a big dog laying at my feet.

I didn’t realize how hurtful people could be. I mean, I guess I knew, but when it comes from a quarter you didn’t see coming, it can be rather jarring. Realizing how some truly feel about those with mental illness was quite hurtful and nearly harmful for me. It was especially hurtful because it came from someone who has multiple disabilities and expects accommodation and understanding from others. All things they received from me over the years. In fact, I’ve gone above and beyond more than once for the person and when I realized their true self it was quite destructive for my emotional status.

However, I’ve climbed back up onto my feet. I refuse to be downtrodden by those who refuse to understand the needs of mentally ill persons.

I would just like to remind everyone; I am mentally ill. I suffer from bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder and OCD behaviors. I have my mental illness under control, but it could change at any time. If my coping skills weren’t honed to a sharp edge what happened to me last week could’ve landed me in episode. As it was, I considered the CSU (Crisis Stabilization Unit), But I had some very supportive friends, who saw what was happening and came to me in support. It got me through, I’m back on my feet, my self-confidence mostly restored and am ready to go on with things.

I will, however, make this statement. It is not negotiable, so read this next part carefully. I will not_ under any circumstance put up with people who use negative and disrespectful language where mental illness, or any other disability is concerned.

No, mentally ill people should not get by with the crimes they commit while in episode but if the care was there for them as it should be it would be very unlikely those things could happen in the first place.

Now, I’ve said my piece, I’ve made it clear, so I see no need for anyone else with whom I work or am friends with to speak, write or otherwise make such comments on my groups, blog, or my social media timelines.

If it should occur again, anyone who does so will be immediately deleted and blocked from all facets of my life. I will not be disrespected, and I will not allow others to be so either. Not on my watch.

So nasty unforgiving people need not respond.

Thank you for reading if you did. Thank you to those who support me and thank you to all who make me shine as I do.

For now, this ends my rant.

May Harmony find you and blessid be.

About Patty L. Fletcher

Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. She is Also a Social Media Marketing Assistant.

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