Initiative Update

A mental illness' diagnosis is not a death sentence

Marie Abanga
Posted September 22, 2020 from Cameroon

Do you know that being diagnosed with a mental illness is not a death sentence? That you are not that mental illness and that recovery is possible?

When I got a mental health diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in August 2014, I felt different emotions. On the one hand I was happy to finally have a label or name I could blame for all the rollercoaster life I have lived so far, and all the accompanying trauma (plus its effects and side effects); and on the other had I didn't know how to tell my family that 'I too now had a mental illness'. 

6 years on, I am not only living a great, thrilling and sometimes challenging life, but that diagnosis has fuelled my purpose. I am so passionate to use my lived experience to demystify and destigmatize mental illness.

So, 

I am launching an Awareness and Anti-stigma campaign for mental illness in Cameroon. Support me and my organization. Share a picture of support or get someone with a lived experience to join me.

https://www.hope4abusedbattered.com/2020/09/22/launching-an-awareness-ca...

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Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Sep 22, 2020
Sep 22, 2020

Hello, Marie,

If you didn't say it, I wouldn't even know that you have PTSD. But you are an inspiration! Labels cannot keep you from becoming the best version of you. Yes, a mental illness diagnosis is not a death sentence. Thank you for modeling how to live life after a diagnosis.

What does it mean to share a picture of support, dear? What should be on the photo? That's a great campaign for raising awareness. Hoping for the best, and I look forward to reading your updates!

Marie Abanga
Oct 07, 2020
Oct 07, 2020

Wow Kaye,
indeed a mental illness is not necessarily recognized by looking at someone ...and that's the whole point isn't it?
My pleasure dear
The pictures can carry any message the person wants which relates to mental illness awareness and no to stigma.
Light and Love
Marie

Andrace
Sep 23, 2020
Sep 23, 2020

Of course not, Marie. Mental illness is not a death sentence and I must say hearty congratulations on your new initiative. Very thoughtful of you. Nice landing page too. I just visited your page.

Please, keep up the good work and count me in as one of your cheerleaders.

Thank you for giving back to the society through your own experience. Of course, there is much more to life than the stigmas. Every family practically deals with bipolar issues consciously or unconsciously.

Love and hugs, Sis.
E. J.

Marie Abanga
Oct 07, 2020
Oct 07, 2020

Dear E.J,

Thank you for being such a cheer leader hurray, I really appreciate, and love kindness in giving such kind feedback about my landing page,
I sure will keep up the good work, I love helping with my experiences because that's my purpose actually, My hope is that one day there is no more stigma and shame and pain especially due to a mental illness diagnosis,
Light and love all the way
MAG

Karin vonKrenner
Sep 30, 2020
Sep 30, 2020

Totally agree with you. Mental illness does not define who we are or what we can become.
Brave heart! All the best in your remarkable journey ahead.

Marie Abanga
Oct 07, 2020
Oct 07, 2020

Dear Karinvk,

Thank you so much for looking it at same way, We are all brave-hearts right?
Light and love dear

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
May 03
May 03

Hello Marie,
You have said it very well: "mental health is not a death sentence." it is just a disease like any other and with the right care and support, it can be overcome.
I am always in awe of your courage, your passion, your resilience and your determination to make a difference in the lives of other women.
Launching an Awareness and Anti-stigma campaign in Cameroun is the best gift you can give to your country because I am not sure there are many, if any, services of this nature.
It is a much needed service and I wish you all the best.
More power to you sister.

Marie Abanga
Jun 03
Jun 03

Dear Mam,

Thank you so much for your affirming and kind words. I took a break off social media and mainstream world last month as I embarked on a spiritual journey for grace and growth as I embrace my purpose and work more devotedly, intentionally and passionately.
I really appreciate it all

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
Jun 09
Jun 09

Hello Marie,

I am glad that you are on a spiritual quest! That is very important in finding yourself, reconnecting with your soul and aligning your brain with your heart!
I wish you all the best and I hope that you will find answers to your questions. Please keep me updated. Thanks and all the best.

Marie Abanga
Jun 11
Jun 11

Dear Ma,

It was so exciting I and rewarding beyond my expectations. I do them every year or couple of months for various duration and each experience is unique. I got answers and so much Grace and Growth, I am gradually getting back into mainstream world hahahahaha
Light and Love always