I’ve updated My Photo

The photo I’ve been using was old, back when I was younger and believe much prettier, but reality can burn sometimes. Fifteen years, anti-psychotic medications and chronic illness has changed my looks.

I have always been comfortable with how I looked. That is until three years ago when I gained over 40 pounds from taking a new medication for my Bipolar Disorder. Anyone who takes medications for mental illness can relate to this amount of weight gain in a month’s time.

I write openly, honestly, and from my heart. I have taken many photos over the past couple of months looking for one I could live with. This is the best one so far. It will probably not be the last one. I want you to see the face behind the blog.

Re-energize, Re-generate, and Seek Wellness

Melinda

48 comments

  1. It’s scary – in my opinion – showing ourselves when we’re comfortable with words, but it makes us more vulernable to show our faces, who we are, when we may not be comfortable with how chronic illness has changed us. I know this may sound hollow to you but all I can say is that I truly mean this from the bottom of my heart – I love your photo and I think you look very pretty!! If I didn’t know you and what you have to contend with then I’d look at you and think you’re happy and healthy and gawwgeous. You’re still gawwwgeous, no matter what you deal with, no matter how much weight you gain.xxxxx

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    1. It is scary and that is one reason I didn’t use a photo at all. I was stalked by another WP blogger for two years back in 2017 and it was very scary. They hacked my Twitter and my computer, send me messages on my phone. One day I got so scared they were about to come in the house I actually went outside. In the end, I figured out who it was, she was very mentally ill and I tried to help her. Nowadays I don’t get involved with helping people just making a few suggestions. I also have http://www.survivorsbloghere.wordpress.com, which is a very different site than my personal site. I deal with all types of trauma and mental illnesses. I’ve had that site for seven years now, it can be very interesting and sad but I can relate to many people since my background is pretty crazy.
      Thank you for the kind words, I know what’s important is what’s on the inside, it a vain thing I guess, still like how I look 50 pounds lighter, or as you would say stones lighter. HAHA
      Thanks for the offer to help. I have the information and hope to put it to use for my Sunday post, Thing’s I’m Loving. I do have the supplement information in there for you.
      Hugs

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    1. Carol thank you for the kind words. It’s more important that I come across as a beautiful person than look like one. What matters truly is what’s in our hearts. You have such a full life for someone who is blind. I almost remember the first time we talked, a long time ago when you first started following me. My dementia slows me down but I have a vague memory of us talking. I truly appreciate you following me and providing such great feedback and rooting me on each week, you are the reason I write. πŸ™‚

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          1. I don’t know about C’ but F’s would have been very hot!!!!! Like in HELL!!!! I know Ireland can’t be that bad. I bet the weather there, except all the rain is beautiful. What part of the country do you live in? The city or country? I haven’t been there, the closest is England. I live in Texas which is the south-central part of North America, smack in the middle of the country about halfway to Mexico. Hope you have a great early evening. πŸ™‚

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          2. I am living in Cork it’s down in the south of the country the weather here is okay it’s raining a lot though but that’s not unusual for Ireland, normally we get temps in the 60s or 70s and normally not any higher than that

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          3. It’s just gone 9 pm here now, are use my iPhone which can talk it has speech built into it I also use a laptop with speech built-in that’s how I read on my blogs and write my post as well

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  2. I really like your photo. I don’t know why we are always our own worst critic, and what we see of ourselves is truly not what others see. I never like any of my own haha!
    Thanks for sharing and btw cool hat! πŸ™‚

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    1. you’re right we are our own worst critic. I don’t see the same person in the mirror as I do n the photo, that’s where I have the disconnect. Thankfully I’m a truly fulfilled person and that is all that matters. πŸ™‚ That’s one of my favorite cowboy hats!

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    1. Thank you, I feel the girl….just don’t see her when I look in the mirror. It’s a distorted view I still haven’t accepted. I have a great life and am truly happy, that’s what is really important in life, right? Have a great day. πŸ™‚

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    1. You’re way too kind. I am fat, other than that I’m okay with myself. I still think I look good when the weight is off. I’m not adjusted to looking in the mirror and seeing a much bigger woman. But life deals us what it will. We have to accept it. πŸ™‚

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