Release: My Story My Fight

Originally posted on MorningSky9:
As I sit here today looking over life so much comes to mind. But what struck me the most was how much people complain about any & everything. It made me wonder; do they know how lucky they have it. I was diagnosed 5 year ago with a rare form of cancer, that is recurring in short spans. I’ve had multiple surgeries and different chemotherapy treatments since this process has started and the cancer still returns. Everyday is different. Some days I’m happy, worry free,moving around without a care in the world. Other days I can’t… Continue reading Release: My Story My Fight

Giving Domestic Violence a Face

In the last few days of March 2001 you came to stay with me as we buried our favorite uncle; you brought your daughter and your man.  Your daughter was just as I imagined, precious and beautiful, a reflection of you.  This man you brought in to my home was “different”, he seemed to be a man of many requests (iron my shirt, get my drink or plate, etc…), but I thought nothing of it at the time.  We stayed up all night talking and reminiscing about our hectic past, I mean we talked about everything; the good and the … Continue reading Giving Domestic Violence a Face

From the Heart of The Radiant: My Secret Life Exposed: Getting the Help I Needed

Over the last few months I have been updating the blog to address issues of self-improvement and development.  During this process I have received great feedback and personal stories from my followers.  Thank you all for helping Radiant Sunshine; as we continue to improve we will be adding different contributors.  Our first contributor is an anonymous female living with mental illness.  Join me in welcoming this contributor as she shares her story…. My Secret Life Exposed: Getting the Help I Needed Mental illness is a huge stigma I wasn’t ready to deal with, but conquered with an open mind and … Continue reading From the Heart of The Radiant: My Secret Life Exposed: Getting the Help I Needed

Suicide in the Black Community

Suicide in the Black Community This past year we’ve lost Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, Erica Kennedy, author of Bling and music executive Chris Lighty.  These deaths have highlighted the reality of suicide in the Black community.  Although there is some disagreement to the cause of death among these cases; it is still cause for concern.  The statement “Black people don’t commit suicide” is far from true. Over the last few years the suicide rate has fluctuated, but no matter how you look at it, in the last 15 years the rates of suicide has increased; especially amongst our Black … Continue reading Suicide in the Black Community

Schizophrenia in the Black Community

Schizophrenia in the Black Community When I first started working in mental health, I must admit, Schizophrenia was the area I had the least experience in.  I recall one of my first client’s with schizophrenia, Jack (fictitious name for the purpose of this blog).  Jack was a Black man in his late 30s with a college degree; he was an active member in his church and worked at the local grocery store stocking shelves.  When I met him the first time I remember thinking, “there is nothing wrong with this guy.”  However, that quickly changed once he decided that he … Continue reading Schizophrenia in the Black Community

Bipolar in the Black Community

Bipolar in the Black Community As a professional in human services it is the most difficult thing in the world to watch people suffer when there is help out there.  This feeling is even worse when you have a personal relationship with this person.  For the last few years that is exactly what I have been dealing with in my own life.  I’ve watched this person have extreme mood swings, going from manic to depressive in what feels like the blink of an eye.  Over time, this person’s extreme ups and downs have pushed people away and literally damaged some … Continue reading Bipolar in the Black Community