About Me and This Blog

The ever-evolving blog.  This blog is 7 years old and the first 5 years you will find a lot of the information below.  Currently, I am pretty stabilized on medication.  It’s been almost 3 years since a hospitalization. I’ve completed a year long DBT program.  I’ve live out on my own for a year now, first year in student housing.  Now in a duplex with roommates  I’m pursuing a double major at a local university about 45 minutes from where my family lives  With these changes, I anticipate bumps in the mental health.  Right now my mental health issues are pretty stable.  I’m working on transitioning to male, I’m on estrogen reducers right now and should be starting testosterone in a month.  My new preferred name is Ty and hence the change in the name of the blog

I struggle with a lot of mental health issues most notably Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), anxiety, and depression.  I also struggle with psychosis, which is currently managed by medication but there are plenty of posts on it.  Been diagnosed with everything in the book, by the book I mean the DSM (the psychiatrists book to diagnosis mental disorders) been on over 40 different medications starting at age 10, been in and out of inpatient hospital settings, out patient programs, classes, groups, workshops, therapy, ECT (shock therapy) and surgery (VNS). There isn’t much I haven’t tried to “get better.” This blog will be about getting better (at least hopefully) and my triumphs and trials. If you want to see a password protected post, e-mail (mm172001@hotmail.com) or comment and I’ll review the post and let you know.

My current diagnoses are Schizoaffective Disorder-Bipolar type and Borderline Personality Disorder. PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)


You will see many things on this blog from current updates, mental health struggles current and past,  mental health resources, LGBT content, jokes, background info on me, my evolution over time, cute pictures of my sister’s dogs, and all kinds of other stuff.


66 Responses to “About Me and This Blog”

  1. Lafemmeroar October 10, 2011 at 10:13 AM #

    Writing can be healing. All my best wishes to you in your journey. I look forward to reading your posts.

  2. fracturedangel January 20, 2012 at 8:56 PM #


    I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award: http://themirthofdespair.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/liebster-blog-award/

  3. My Journey with Borderline Personality Disorder February 19, 2012 at 7:25 PM #

    Wow a very established blog! I just started and hopefully can build it up eventually. Congrats!

  4. fracturedangel March 10, 2012 at 8:30 PM #

    Hey, I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award: http://themirthofdespair.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

  5. varungenius March 22, 2012 at 7:20 AM #

    Very nice blog indeed! I can assure you that self-realization through meditation can really help you get rid of all the medications……it’s simple……try it 🙂
    If you want any help regarding this….here’s my email id: vsvsharma88@gmail.com

    Glad to help 🙂

  6. bpshielsy April 19, 2012 at 11:12 PM #

    Hi, could I get your password please?

    • mm172001 April 20, 2012 at 1:22 AM #

      I emailed the passwords to your e-mail associated with this blogging site.

  7. susan May 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM #

    I’ve been reading your blog for about the last half hour and have really enjoyed getting to know you. We’ve been through a lot of the same things and experiences. It really helped me get to know you and not feel so isolated that other people have had the same things happen to them.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog yesterday. I’ve subscribed to yours so I won’t miss it.

  8. Angel Fractured June 17, 2012 at 5:21 PM #

    I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award: http://themirthofdespair.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/awards/

  9. Angel Fractured June 28, 2012 at 7:48 PM #

    I tagged you in a game of questions, if you’re interested: http://themirthofdespair.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/20-er-11-questions-no-i-mean-22-or-perhaps-33/

    • mm172001 June 29, 2012 at 10:53 AM #

      I love these things will get around to as soon as I can. Busy, busy, busy.

    • mm172001 June 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM #

      I love these things I will get around to answer these questions as soon as I can. Busy, busy, busy right now.

  10. Angel Fractured July 2, 2012 at 7:51 PM #

    I nominated you for the 2012 Inspiration Award: http://themirthofdespair.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/three-awards/

  11. stuckandgoing July 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM #

    Want to play tag?

  12. signsandwonders2020 July 16, 2012 at 8:38 PM #

    Hi and thank you for liking my post Be Happy About..and for following my blog. I look forward to reading your blog often and stopping by. Take care Betty

  13. starclub1 July 17, 2012 at 4:32 PM #

    Thank you for liking a post on our blog! Much love…xoxo

  14. pishilyn November 22, 2012 at 4:05 PM #


  15. Loving Language May 13, 2013 at 8:06 PM #

    Hi! Thanks for coming by my blog. I hope you continue to enjoy my musings on language. I noticed in your description that you have credits in language. What language(s)? How did you get interested in language?

    • mm172001 May 13, 2013 at 8:23 PM #

      I have learned 3 languages (so far) other than my native English. I took 4 years of Spanish in high school. Have 22 units in Sign Language studies which include 4 semesters of American Sign Language. I have 8 units of Italian, so far which is 2 semesters. I will continue learning Italian for two more semesters, which is as far as our community college system goes. I read Spanish on a regular basis to keep my knowledge and converse with native speakers a few times a month. I’m teaching some ASL to my sister, and enjoy watching YouTube videos. If I am ever at an event with an interpreter (and you’d be surprised how many, when you look) I watch them sign as I listen to what’s going on to learn new signs and keep my knowledge up. Since I’m still semi-early in my Italian learning, I listen to music in Italian and do exercise on a language site called Duo Lingo, besides going to class twice a week.
      I’ve been interested in languages since high school. I like to understand things well, and find knowing multiple languages gives you clearer meaning then some translations, both in academic settings and personal interaction. And the culture, linguistics, and diversity of languages draws me in.
      I next plan on learning French or German.

      If you enjoy reading there is an excellent book called Babel No More by Michael Erard. It is about hyperpolygots or those who speak and understand multiple languages. The author goes back to myths from earlier days, travels the world to meet hyperpolygots, and interviews them on how they learn and such.

  16. ButterfliesWithin July 15, 2013 at 2:53 PM #

    Thanks for sharing so much about yourself, and all these links to so many resources. I’ve recently started my own blog; it’s quite the dauntiing task. I hope I can write as well as you do! Take care 🙂

    • mm172001 July 16, 2013 at 7:11 AM #

      Thanks for stopping by and for the feedback. I’ll have to go checkout your blog.

  17. Rachel July 15, 2013 at 11:13 PM #

    wow – i was looking for something else on google and stumbled onto your blog! it’s very good. thank you for sharing your journey with us. i have written about my struggles with anxiety, major depression and bpd here : http://www.thestandingovationjourney.blogspot.com/ if you would like to check it out. thank you and keep writing!

    • mm172001 July 16, 2013 at 7:13 AM #

      Thanks for stopping by and the comment, for some reason I can never figure out how to have blogspot posts email me my subscriptions, I just checkout the your blog, good work

  18. Soul Survivor July 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM #

    Hi Marci, I’ve been reading your responses on Lulu’s blog and I’m so impressed with your honesty and insight. I’m doing a series of interviews on my blog called “Breaking the Silence of Stigma,” and I would love to have you contribute, if you would like to and can. Here’s how it works: we select a Wednesday when your interview would be published (using your blog “handle” or any other name you’d like). I send you the interview questions, which are just a general guide. You can look through the interviews that have appeared so far, and see that they range from “just” answering the questions, to an open letter from a mom who lost her daughter to suicide. So you decide how you want to use the questions, or not use them, to express what you want to express about the experience of having a mental illness and whether stigma has influenced how you live your life. Then you send me back your interview and I format it for WP and set it up to publish on that Wednesday. Can you please email me at moxadox at gmail dot com and let me know if you’re interested? Thanks! Laura

    • mm172001 July 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM #

      I would love to contribute and just sent an e-mail to the address you provided, the subject line is “mm172001 and interview” in case you need to look through your junk mail filter.

      • Soul Survivor July 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM #

        Yay! I haven’t had a chance to look through my email yet, but I’ll look for yours!

        • mm172001 July 23, 2013 at 1:19 PM #

          I haven’t received an email from you yet? Do I need to check through my junk or have you not had a chance to send it yet? Would hate to miss out on this opportunity because of my junk filter.

  19. forfreepsychology July 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM #

    Thank you for sharing:) I am sure I will find a lot of inspiring posts here:) Have a nice evening!

    • mm172001 July 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM #

      Thanks. 🙂 look forward to your blog as well

      • Soul Survivor July 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM #

        My apologies for not emailing you sooner–I’m preparing to travel overseas and have been running around crazy….I’m going to look for your email right now!!!!

        • mm172001 July 24, 2013 at 4:33 PM #

          Thanks I received it and look forward to working on it.

  20. White Pearl August 3, 2013 at 9:26 AM #

    It was a lovely about….I was sad and happy at the same time to read it ! You write beautiful 🙂 I can only give you my prayers and Love…accept them 🙂 Love xx

  21. savemefrombpd September 11, 2013 at 12:03 PM #

    Hey. I’d like to receive the password for protected posts if you would like to share it with me?
    Thx xx

    • mm172001 September 11, 2013 at 2:02 PM #

      I just sent it to your gmail associated with your profile.

      • savemefrombpd September 11, 2013 at 2:07 PM #

        Marvellous. Thank you very much.

  22. Shelly October 17, 2013 at 11:01 AM #

    hi, wondering if I could have the password for the posts that are password protected. Thanks!

    • mm172001 October 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM #

      Just sent the password to your e-mail related to this profile.

  23. manyofus1980 October 28, 2013 at 9:56 PM #

    Hi Marcie
    Add us to fb if you want we’re carol anne et al if you cant find us just ask for my email or look its

    thats connected with our fb account cuz there is no photo yet. Add us if ya wanna! XXX

  24. Ann Tibbot November 26, 2013 at 5:01 PM #

    Thank you for your honesty. I really appreciate hearing of your successes. My son turned 18 a few months ago. He is in a psyhiatric ward and has been since this past Sunday. The initial diagnosis is psychosis NOS. He had been depressed and just began to show signs of hope. Just a few weeks went by and the psychotic episodes began. I want to educate myself to be his best advocate. He is a very good student as you are. He is unsure of his sexuality and being accepted in current society. I would like to continue to read your posts as you have given me hope for my son’s future

    • mm172001 November 28, 2013 at 6:13 AM #

      I am delighted that you have found my page and have found it helpful. It is awesome that you are taking the time and energy to learn as much as you can to be an advocate, it is very important to have someone on our side as we are sometimes not able to see things clearly ourselves or have the ability to take action. Here are a couple pieces of advice, people heal and recover on their own terms generally- there needs to be some push and encouragement but adding too many or unrealistic expectations can really mess things up. It’s a constant assessment of trying to figure out what is possible and wanted and what can be or should be put aside, both for you and your son. For example, it took me about 3 semesters at college to learn I could not take more than 9 units or it would be stressful and I’d likely drop all my classes. Dropping all my classes was also not helpful because then I had no motivation or reason to get up in the morning. The online community, if you find the right one can be very accepting and supportive with different things, especially in regards to sexuality and mental illness. Again, I wish you and your son the best and think it is so great that you are out there educating yourself to help him!!

  25. SchizoIncognito January 9, 2014 at 7:41 PM #

    I nominated you for the Sunshine Award!

    If you choose to accept, go to my awards page and find out the details:

    Love your blog!

  26. manyofus1980 March 25, 2014 at 3:57 AM #

    Just nominated you for the liebster award, go to our blog to accept it! XXX

  27. Cat April 27, 2014 at 5:14 AM #

    Hi Marci….just wondering if you want to share your password? My email is catjms63@gmail.com

  28. elisabethlee April 30, 2014 at 5:16 PM #

    I have nominated you for the Liebster award. To see how the nomination works and to find more information about the award click on http://tessofthedamned.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/liebster-award/ .
    I hope you keep up the blogging!

    • mm172001 April 30, 2014 at 8:32 PM #

      Thank you, I just did a post accepting the award, but I don’t do nominations.

  29. Cat September 23, 2014 at 7:15 AM #

    Hi Marci… I don’t seem to have your password. If you would like to share, please email mytravelswithdepression@gmail.com

  30. David Joel Miller December 20, 2014 at 7:45 PM #

    Glad I found your blog.Hope you keep on blogging and working on your recovery. Best wishes. counselorssoapbox.com

  31. M.J.Neely March 21, 2015 at 4:49 AM #


    I have nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blog Award.

    You can see the details of the award at this link: http://deardarlingsanity.com/2015/03/21/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    I hope you have a nice day,
    Neely, xx

    • mm172001 March 22, 2015 at 1:36 PM #

      Thanks, I did my acceptance post.

  32. Anniemation Floe March 23, 2015 at 12:17 AM #

    Hi there, I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award!!
    You can find the nomination here https://anniemationfloe.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/one-lovely-blog-award-the-latecomer/ as well as all you need to do for the acceptance. 


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