I feel better these days. I’ve done and am doing a lot of things for myself: I’ve moved to a position with less stress and fewer hours at work; I’m seeing a lot of doctors; I’m finally on the right meds after years of trial and error; and, I’m eating better. My good mental health … Continue reading
Author Archives: Nathan Caro Frechette
What’s in a Name?
I have an interesting relationship with pen names. I’ve been writing since I was eight years old, and I started thinking about a pen name almost immediately. It wasn’t that I disliked my name, exactly. I’m very attached to the name given to me by my parents,—mostly because I’m very attached to my parents—but I … Continue reading
Mental Illness is More Than Meets the Eye
This week Caro Fréchette shares a poem that reflects their personal experience dealing with other people’s perception of mental illness . ~Ed. You see me smile when you come in, brightly, because that’s the only way I know how You think I am happy What you don’t see is I’ve thought of dying five times since … Continue reading
I Give Myself Permission
Making stuff up has always been my mental sanctuary. Writing and drawing started out as things I did to escape both pain and boredom, and they quickly became the centre of my life as I turned them into passion and career. They became one of the driving forces in my life. I poured energy into them … Continue reading