A “new chapter of my life will begin” my friend said after the party. It will be to promote my book, making sure I make a dent in the stigma – especially the stigma in the church.

Well, since that day in 2008, I haven’t been so good at promoting my books – A Firm Place, nor the others I’ve published. Selling is not one of my strong points. I’d much rather write. There are several boxes of books now sitting in the bedroom closet. (Let me know if you’re interested.)

But I did – and still do – continue to work at reducing stigma. I don’t think I’ll ever stop, even now when my health has plummeted in the way it has. Being a mental health activist is in my blood. I can’t bear to see injustice done. I do most “fighting” through my writings – through my blog and articles.