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Before I say anything, I want to say that this has NOTHING to do with abortion. I am pro-choice, NOT pro-life.

I'm not sure if a lot of people know this because I don't like to talk too deeply about my past, but I have had so many suicide attempts in the past that I've lost count. However, it has been more than a year since I last tried to kill myself, and now that medication and therapy have helped, I no longer feel suicidal, and I consider myself to be a happy person.

I used to be afraid to tell anyone outside the medical profession that I had mental illness. But things are different now. I am motivational speaker for NAMI (The National Alliance for Mental Illness), so I figured if I could tell people I've never met before about myself, I might as well do this now. I don't want to hide the fact that I have Schizoaffective Disorder and a history of suicide attempts (Schizoaffective Disorder is a combination of symptoms of schizophrenia combined with an affective disorder, meaning a type of depression. My type is major depression.) I'm glad don't have to hide that.

This also represents the fact that I don't want to hide the fact that I'm bisexual. Even though I am incredibly open about it now, there was a time I was in the closet and confused. Trust me, it wasn't fun. Now that I am out of the closet, I refuse to go back or deny who I really am. I think people respect my bisexuality more because I don't let anyone throw intentional insults at me about it.

I rarely put up any pictures of me on deviantART, but that is actual photo of me.
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Everlasting90 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. It is very brave of you to share a part of your life.
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SavvyRed Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you very much.  I'm really glad to hear that. :D
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hermafrodite Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
im right there with you
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SavvyRed Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student Writer
:hug:
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ArwingPilot114 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So simple, but so powerful. :) :hug:
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SavvyRed Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you so much! :hug:

Lately, I've been feeling depressed, and it's really nice to hear some kind words.  I've been talking to nice people like you, and now I'm starting to feel better. :)
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ArwingPilot114 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime mate! =)

Aww, I feel great knowing I helped someone feel loved today. ;u; :hug:
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SavvyRed Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student Writer
:hug:
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Azure-fuurin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
This could also signify for the parents but the latter part could be for the child's decision.
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SavvyRed Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Writer
That's a cool idea.  I never thought of it that way!  Thanks!
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Azure-fuurin Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
^^, <--- (Early teen)
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SavvyRed Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Student Writer
I'm 26.  I can't believe it's been over 10 years since I've been in my early teens!
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Azure-fuurin Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
^^ Are you still uncomfortable then with your situation?
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SavvyRed Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student Writer
Sometimes.  I remember once I went to hang out over night with a bunch of Christian straight girls, and I felt really out of place.  They were baking cookies, watching chick flicks, painting their nails, and watching Call Me Maybe on YouTube, and saying grace over every single meal.  It's not really something I do.  But they knew that I'm bisexual and atheist, and they did try to make me feel comfortable.
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Azure-fuurin Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
I never went with anyone for a hangover. Not yet anyway. ^^, But that sounds nice.
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SavvyRed Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student Writer
It was nice of them, but I did feel really weird.  I'm not into that kind of stuff.
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Izhorian25 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
life is simple, it can be hard, but it's always simple
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SavvyRed Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Writer
In some ways, yes.  Sometimes things seem so complicated, but they're not as headache inducing as they appear to be.
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