And rising forth from the ashes, she was…

Ok. So. Hi. I’m Hillary. I started blogging in 2013, and….things happened. Lots of things that got in the way with me keeping up consistently with the -ing we call blog(g). That blog was called The Validated Hypochondriac, because I, a neurotic hypochondriac, was finally “validated” after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2013. And that was only after a series of escalating, unrelated health problems, from horrifying skin reactions on my hands and arms, to a herniated disc which left me “floor-ridden” and unable to walk for six weeks. But I digress. I started that blog as a form of writing therapy, to help me get through the insane story I was living by writing it down. After the cancer was cut out, there were still health issues to blog about, but it became more of a general writing therapy than a health-related one. Anyway, like I said, things happened. It got worse before it got better before it got worse again. I can’t even begin to tell you how much has happened since 2014 when I essentially dropped off the blogosphere for “good.” But here I am, back in orbit, here to tell you tales of what happened, is currently happening, and what yet may be. Here’s an infographic to cover the basics of early 2013 until, well, about a month ago:

Hillary's Timeline.001Images from The Noun Project by Zach Harris, Sergey Demushkin, Dilon Choudhury, Joao Santos, Dominique Vincent, and Artem Kovyazin.

Now, when I say complete mental breakdown, I suppose that’s a bit of an exaggeration. To give you a bit of background: I’ve been diagnosed with anxiety and depression since I was about 13 years old, so needless to say I’ve been in my fair share of therapy, and on my fair share of psychotropic medications. One of these medications left me with some serious side effects and I found myself hospitalized. It was scary, and it was the culmination of a steady deterioration into relative madness. Now, I’ve come out on the other side with safe medications and a new diagnosis of Bipolar II. It’s like Diet Bipolar. If you don’t know what Bipolar Disorder is, I recommend you watch this cute little video from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness):

So here we are. I’ve established a “brand” for myself in Hillary Be Laughin’, and I want to put myself out into the world, share my story, and hopefully help other men and women who have experienced a shitstorm of weirdness in their lives. Let’s get started…


One comment

  1. Sylvie · June 5, 2016



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