Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 1 of 20)

Bell’s palsy. They never said it would hurt.

I spent a bad night last night, feeling miserable with the pain—more than since the palsy first started. This I hadn’t expected. After all, who would expect that paralysis could cause pain? Sometimes it’s just a dull aching, but persistent and annoying. Last night, the Tylenol that had helped in the past didn’t help and […]


Better than new

  I have a friend who once wrote a beautiful poem about a broken vase. It held a lot of meaning for her. And this morning I remembered this story told me by another friend. It held a lot of meaning for me. Somehow I feel these stories are connected. I bring this to you […]


I was misdiagnosed – much damage done

Complex post traumatic stress (CPTSD) has been the source of my struggles all along, caused by emotional abuse in 2015. My original diagnosis, borderline personality disorder (BPD), has similar symptoms. Thus the misdiagnosis. The psychiatrist who has seen me for the last 8 months discovered the error. I’m announcing this because I’ve written so much […]


Glad to be sensitive

November 2017   But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. Matthew 13:16   I’ve been told I’m too sensitive—that it causes pain I shouldn’t have. Pain from feelings of rejection—whether real or perceived. I’m told it’s an illness—a bad one. But although some of the pain in the […]


Letters from jail – A life worth living – Part 55

BIRMINGHAM LETTER On April 3, 1963, King’s nonviolent tactics were put to their most severe test in Birmingham during a mass protest for fair hiring practices and desegregation of department store facilities. On Good Friday, April 12th, King and his friend and mentor, Ralph Abernathy, led the march, singing freedom songs. Nearing the downtown area, […]


Nonviolent resistance and anger – A life worth living – Part 52

NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE During the time of the bus boycott, King overcame arrest and other violent harassment, including bombing of his home on January 30, 1956. The inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi began to exert its influence…People who had never heard of him had become familiar with who he was. “Nonviolent resistance emerged as the technique of […]


Do you have such courage? – A life worth living – Part 51

I think all of the individuals we’ve looked at so far have stood up to be counted for some kind of cause, without fear of the consequences. Remember Oskar Schindler and how he risked his life, and spent his fortune helping Jews survive the threat of death camps? And what about Gandhi and his radical […]


Rosa Parks and the bus boycott – A life worth living – Part 50

In 1955 MLK became Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he earned his PhD in theology from Boston University. It was while he attended school in Boston that King met Coretta Scott, who was attending the New England Conservatory of Music nearby. They fell in love and married in June 1953. In April 1954, Dr. […]


Crozer seminary – A life worth living – Part 49

After graduating from Morehouse College in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, King attended Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania. Here he later graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1951. At Crozer he absorbed the teachings of many inspirational leaders from the past. It is here where he first became […]


Martin Luther King, Jr. – A life worth living – Part 48

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. (1929 – 1968) We now move on, from the holocaust and Oskar Schindler of the forties to a completely different area of the world and a different kind of history—the civil rights movement in the United States during the fifties and sixties. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and […]

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