Mind my Cancer
The bullshit of control
"The mental impact of living with cancer - how I feel, how I might not be able to have babies, how I'm pretty sure I'm single because of it - well . . . that's fucking shit."
Lost in translation
"You can play people, convince them that you’re easy going and just hope they never see through the cracks. You panic when someone peers through that looking glass and sees the Real You, the one that isn’t coping and never has been."
New for Headcase, by our Poet In Virtual Residence, Brian Bilston
"Those who know me have all seen me attempt to filter and process my deep-rooted beliefs that I am too stupid/too ugly/too loud/too quiet/too annoying/too worthless, through the language of “I am too fat.”
New for Headcase, by Brian Bilston
'she folded her hurt in half'
"I Would Like to Apologise for the Delay."
You know those 'I just can't right now' days?
Then read this beautiful new post. . .
Relight the Millennial fire
"So there I was; a hideously dressed, middle-aged man huffing and puffing along the pavement, trying to hide in a hoodie. Eating triangular chocolate.
It's still a mystery to me why Beyoncé doesn’t return my calls."
More . . .
EXCLUSIVE for Headcase
"And there you are. Standing again, alone, in the middle of an empty, small, fenced trench, staring at one final sparkler.
But instead, you climb into bed and decide,
“No. I won’t feel like this anymore.”
What's in a label . . ?
For Headcase's launch this Blue Monday, poetry sensation Brian Bilston has written this poem, especially for us.
We LOVE it.
Let us know what you think.
A word from 'Chocolat' author, Joanne Harris
“For some people, been diagnosed with a mental illness comes as a relief. Others wear their labels with discomfort. A large part of me doesn’t believe that I’m ill - this is just who I am. I don’t want my moods and experiences reduced to symptoms. They feel like essential and even defining parts of my personality.”
STAND UP to depression.
"There is no "type" of sufferer, any more than there is a "type" of sufferer for the common cold.
There is no "reason" for falling ill, and there is no "blame" attached to it."
Outer confidence; inner anxiety
"If you read that paragraph and relate to any of it, I can assure you there is a way out."
Take action, however hard it may be
"Just because my ‘illness’ is in my mind, it doesn’t make it any less ‘real’.
Anorexia Nervosa; the need for early intervention.
"The very fact I am able to write these words now, is no mean feat."
Climbing out of an eating disorder
"What has worked best for me in recovery, is talking. Meeting other sufferers and obtaining mutual support, understanding and insight has also been central to my recovery journey."
"I started eating less and less, and even the little food I had in my tummy was still making me nervous so I made myself sick."