About me

Health and survival

Six months prior to making the decision to become a blogger I had had a Very Late Diagnosis of ASD – I think I can confidently say that 68 is very, very late. I wanted to share my experiences, the downs and the ups, over those 68 years. Fifty of those 68 years I spent in the revolving door of the mental health system, variously diagnosed with psychotic depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, sensory integration dysfunction, bipolar affective disorder with psychosis. Adding autism brought it to a nice, round six. Being a multiple of three, six is one of my good numbers. So I’m OK with that.
My coping strategies revolve around being creative: writing, artwork, photography, jewellery making, fabric and yarn crafts, gardening and garden design.

Many facets, only one me

capturing and exploring mayhem, serenity, feelings and fears in poems and stories

Health Matters:
life on the spectrum
and lived experience of mental health’s revolving door

sharing the many crafts that keep me sane – crochet and cooking; wirework and gardening

enjoying nature’s bounty and sharing trips and travels in photographs, maps, and words

creating through photography and art, keeping in Survival Mode, calming in shutdown, defusing in meltdown

reflecting on the interesting, ranting about the unfair, reviewing the useful