So the other day I received a comment on one of my post from an amazing young lady named Carly, whom you can find at https://carlyjeancongilosi.wordpress.com/
Carly told me about a project she is working on and partnering with another amazing girl named Ellen, whom you can find at https://ellensocdblog.wordpress.com/
Ellen first created another project where she collaborated with others who have OCD in hopes to spread awareness for the stigma that surround the disorder. She made an amazing video which proves that those, like me, who suffer with OCD are not alone. If you would like to watch the video, you can do so here: https://ellensocdblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/behindtheocd-video/
The comment on my blog completely made my day. Not to mention I was extremely excited to be able to participate in making OCD, eating disorders, and all mental illnesses better understood. Reducing the stigma that surrounds not only he disorders that I struggle with, but also every single disorder that others struggle with is one of my biggest passions. If I could make just the slightest difference in one persons way of viewing those like me with a mental illness, well, that would be amazing. However, my dream is much bigger than that. But, however God wants to use me, even if that just involves one person, I am happy.
With that said, I jumped at the opportunity to be involved in spreading awareness.
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I am not my diagnosis.
You are not your diagnosis.
There is s o much more to me, to you, than just a label. You are not OCD. You are not an eating disorder. You are not depression. You are not anxiety. You are not any disorder. You are you. You are who God made you to be.
I am honored to be a part of this project. I used to look at myself in the mirror and see only my diagnosis. I used to see OCD and an eating disorder staring back at me. The real me was clouded by the things that I hated living with day-to-day. I felt as if I had become those things, and that I would never be who I was meant to be. But throughout recovery, the mirror is no longer foggy. I have learned that I can wipe the fog away, slowly accepting who I am, acknowledging that I have OCD and an eating disorder, yet they are NOT who I am.
So I guess you could say that I am very excited to submit my photo and help in spreading awareness for OCD and eating disorders, as well as all mental illnesses. We all deserve to be understood, make a difference, and be who we are no matter what labels we are given. Because when it all comes down to it, no disorder has the power to define us. WE are so much more than a title, label, or disorder. YOU are beautifully you. Don’t forget it. 🙂
This is the photo I am going to submit. I cannot wait to see the video that will include many others who are sharing their story and who they really are.
I am sure Ellen and Carly would love to have you join. No matter what mental illness you are diagnosed with, you can be a part of making a difference. Submit your photo holding a sign that says who you are and use the hashtag #MoreThanMyDiagnosis. Photos can be submitted to Ellen at email@example.com or you can tweet@Ellen_White_ on Twitter. Photos can also be submitted by email to myself at firstname.lastname@example.org or @Carly.Congilosi on Twitter.
Song Of Solomon 4:7 You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you.