No Longer Hiding | Alison Dawson

September 15, 2014 2:58 PM

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I started working on this blog post several months ago and felt a greater urgency to finish it when Robin Williams died. As a society, we cannot continue to hide in secrecy. There are many people out there that need to know they are not alone and know that there is hope. As someone who externally seems fine, I have had the privilege of hiding. I have raised kids and worked while many have no idea the struggles I have gone through. Although, technically, I don't see this as a great privilege, I know that for some, who cannot work, who are stuck in wreckage and darkness, there is no hiding.

As much as I like to hide behind, well, whatever I can hide behind, I realize more and more that I cannot stay silent about my own limitations. My own internalized stigma about the limitations and gifts that I have creates walls around myself and the whole world. Without openness about my own issues...

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