In commenting on the previous post, I can only say that today – in 2019 – I had forgotten how well the media had picked up on the need for awareness. I had forgotten so much since those early days. So gratifying to see how they were listening. I’m grateful that God gave me the courage and strength to do the work.

I believe the world and the Christian community were ready to sit up and listen. Building awareness is still in my blood. I still do what I can but I don’t have nearly the energy I did have. I’m glad that Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries are now working so hard on this. They’re doing a great job.

It didn’t hurt for me to freely come out and use my name and my story at least not for many years. However, in recent years I was treated as “less than others” and hurt badly by a number of people who I had considered friends. I found out firsthand how excruciatingly painful stigma can be.

Fighting stigma and coming out is a huge sacrifice. And yet, I don’t think I’m sorry I did it. I do think many have been helped.