I just returned from a weekend conference for NAMI Washington State. Having been diagnosed only five years ago I have found it interesting to watch myself as I have moved through the various phases of acceptance. Between the inspiration of the conference and my present realizations I have decided that I should start a series for young adults (or anyone interested) on the path from initial diagnosis to empowerment. In these posts I hope to provide examples from my personal story along with tips and ideas for how you can achieve these goals. My upcoming posts will be:
- From initial diagnosis to initial acceptance
- Self-advocacy and self-determination
- Community engagement: How you can get involved
- Empowerment: What can advocacy do for you?