My name is Lindsay Alyson Ensor. There are a few things I need you to know about me. I am a real, live person. A real person with a real life.
I am a mom, wife, sister, and friend.
I am also a writer, speaker, and advocate for what I believe in.
I am a child of God. I am a warrior. I am a survivor.
I suffer from arthritis and a disease known as Ankylosing Spondylitis that leaves me in chronic physical pain taking chemotherapy drugs to fight its progression.
I am mentally ill. I have anxiety. I have depression. I have bipolar II disorder. I am fighting to gain remission from what has been a lifelong battle with bulimia. I am recovering from addiction to opioids and self harm. I am finally at a point in my life where I want to live and I am not actively seeking a way to die or harm myself in some way.
I am a fighter. I stand up for and fight for the wellbeing of my chronically ill child. I am his advocate.
I stand up for mental health issues. I share my story.
I may not have it all together. I may not have a huge house or a fancy car. But what I DO have is love. I have HOPE. I have faith. I have the drive in me to help others gain knowledge about illnesses so that they best know how to help themselves and/or others.
So, Reader, what I want you to know is this: There is HOPE, there is HEALING, and there is LOVE. I am real.
I will not be silent.