Hi, my name is Anna.
When I was diagnosed in 2013 with Bipolar I disorder, my life got turned upside down. I’d been a Christian my whole life, but I was, for the first time, confronted with some tough questions: Where is God in pain? Where is God in silence?
These questions turned me away from my faith for a while. A long while, actually. I wallowed in my disbelief and turned, once again, back to disordered eating.
It was actually during my time in an MFA program that I began to return to the God of my childhood. Writing my thesis forced me to confront my issues with my bipolar disorder, my body, and my beliefs. The written word is transformative.
We don’t talk a lot about mental illness in the faith community, so I’ve decided to get a conversation going. I used to rant and rave via the blog when I was in college, but I think (hope) I’ve grown up a little since then. As of spring of 2018, I feel God calling me to start an online community in which we open up about our faith struggles in the midst of mental illness. The first step in this endeavor? Transforming this blog. It’s going to take a while–I know that–but I’ve got to start somewhere.
I used to be a ghost on social media, but now I’ve got to do the opposite. Would you help me out by following me on Twitter and liking my Facebook page? And I would love for you to subscribe to my email list so that you are notified whenever I write a new post. And if you like pictures of fluffy puppies, you’ll probably like my Instagram 🙂
If you’d like to write a guest post, just let me know! I want to welcome as many voices into this conversation as possible.
And if you don’t consider yourself a person of faith, I still want to welcome you to read the blog. Don’t re-post if you’re not comfortable with it, but don’t give up on me just because we may have differences of belief.