Good afternoon beautiful people,
Pray you are doing fine and life is treating you well...to my fellow Kenyans, pray you have bounced back after the long weekend. So I am in the office creating and just looking for ways to make mental health services that I provide through My Mind, My Funk and my amazing team even better and I get this really touching message on how I am someone's shujaa (hero) and I look back at people who have gone through things especially those who have gone through things in the public eye.
I think of Conjestina,
I think of Ray C,
I think of so many other people,
People who are still here,
People who left a long time ago,
People who left too soon,
People who we don't know where they are,
I think of so many people,
Then I think of Ray C again and decide to Google her.
I remember when I was in Dar, Tanzania in August and was hosted by my girl Gloria at Clouds FM, I asked if she had heard anything about Ray C and when Google pulled out this video, just watching it to the end blew me away.
I know people will look (not take time to watch it) at this video and say;
'Look her light she has become maybe she is bleaching - I once saw this comment on social media
or "look for big she has become will she ever shake her waist again?"
But I watched this video and said;
"I have to share this, this is a success story
...yes there might be relapses,
...yes yes yes to some of those things crossing your mind
but stop and see how far she has come.
Stop and think of the struggle it was to disentangle from an addiction.
Stop not to pity her but stop and applaud the strength that was born from all this.
The strength seen through all this.
You may not relate to some of these things but let those who can know that there is hope,
Let them know that there are success stories
Stories we can create if we don't give up on ourselves and on our loved ones
Stories we can be part of if we stop saying they are careless because we care less.
Living with a dual diagnosis of epilepsy and bipolar is a constant struggle for me, but everyday I say, "Sitawa, do not give up on yourself...do the best you can with what you have" and little by little doing my best has created a mental health movement...I now offer Kenyans mental health info and support through a FREE mental health SMS helpline.
But it all began somewhere,
somewhere where people had written me off,
somewhere where people thought I would not amount to anything,
somewhere where people could whisper behind my back and not talk to my face because they didn't want to deal with me and my issues of falling down and spacing out
...somewhere where I found hope,
somewhere where I found purpose,
somewhere where I got my ministry, my mental health ministry
and I have been able to create somewhere where people can get that hope too through my FREE mental health (and epilepsy) helpline 22214.
somewhere where more success stories will begin.