A few weeks ago I was in my home city at a friends house having a discussion with my friend and two other people.  I’m not sure how the topic came up but we were discussing troubles within life.  Without going into detail, my friend said “If anyone has had insane hardships in life and conquered them like a champ, it is Ashley.”

I almost cried.  Actually I did, but later on.

That is one of the nicest things I’ve ever heard.  It’s one of the most incredible feelings to be recognized for the things you’ve been through and the effort you’ve put into trying to live as an average person. 

It’s such a simple thing, but truly just recognizing a persons invisible illness and the fact that they’ve worked hard to get through it is probably one of the best things you can do for someone with a mental illness.

Bipolar and Fibromyalgia are both invisible illnesses.  You can’t see the brain hurting and you can’t see the fatigue/physical pain I feel each day.  So for someone to see the hurt I’ve been through/am going through, the work I’ve put in to live a “normal” life, and to recognize that – it’s an amazing feeling.  Especially from someone without an invisible illness.

This may not be a long blog post, but I did want to recognize this moment, as this is one of the important things that you can do to help an individual with a mental illness.