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Opening My Heart to Hope

Labels have followed me throughout my life from Aspergian to asthmatic. However, I am finally beginning to discover who I am apart from my labels.

My vision is that this blog can help support and give hope to all of those struggling with any mental illness, learning disability, and/or hardship.  Also, those who support family or friends dealing with these issues can gain insight and ideas from my blog.

At my baptism  my mother brought a rose.  The priest told her that it was good that she brought “a real rose with thorns” because my life would be “beautiful but full of pain.”  Those words to a baby he barely knew have certainly come true.  Because of this, roses have become an important symbol of my life and struggles. Overall, this site is for everyone and everyone who needs a ray of light in the dark, understanding voice, and nonjudgmental encouragement giver. If you so choose, you can also follow me on these other sites.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment or a message on any of those sites or this one.  Thanks!

181 thoughts on “About

  1. Tonya says:

    Hi there! I love your site so much that I’m nominating you for the Liebster Award! Of course, you are not obligated to participate; however, if you would like to please see my post http://thelittleslice.com/liebster-award/ for additional information and an example of what to do next. I look forward to reading more posts from you!


  2. aiflcblog says:

    thanks for your reply

  3. Insight says:

    Oyieeeeeeeeeeeeee!! You’ve made such a wonderful blogging space out here. I would be coming frequently to read you more. Keep blogging! Cheers. xD

    – Rahul

  4. charlypriest says:

    Hi there Rose, glad you stopped by my little crazy blog and that you liked the quotes, do not copyright them!

    I like that you are open about your illness, disorder, whatever you want to call it or just call it problems. I have a close relative that suffers from a mental illness and actually met a quite very nice people here in wordpress that have mental issues. One is a panic disorder. She gets panic attacks and she´s also a great person. So I´m glad you are so open about it, brake down the stigma, and talk about it.

    I´ll be dropping by once in a while if you don´t mind.

  5. Your blog is so inspiring and heartwarming. Thank you for sharing your struggles and the sunshine in between with the world.

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  7. Frank says:

    Hi Anna, I have a simple idea to make a difference in the Church and I want to tell you about it. Sorry it’s so long. I’ve heard that in many major cities across the country, the Church is incredibly impersonal, where people go to Mass week after week and still don’t know anyone. People go to Mass alone, but not by choice. We’re supposed to be a family, but we’re not. If we can just come together as a family, so much can happen. But also, many people know very little about the Faith. These two problems with the Church can be resolved together. So how do we change all this… I’m challenging people that there’s 52 weeks in a year, and that if they can approach one person before or after every Sunday Mass they go to. If they are too scared to do it alone then do it in a group or with another person. Invite people to your bible study or prayer group. The point is to put a face to your bible study or prayer group. We make announcements at the end of Mass and in the bulletin but it’s the same people who come to our events. How do we get those other people involved. I propose doing this before or after Mass because it’s the only time we have to come in contact with these people. This is how I’ve developed friendships with people. What I’ve done is gone up to people and started a conversation to see where they’re at in the Faith. I usually end up getting their number and meeting with them telling them to ask me anything they want to know about God and the Church. In meeting so many people, the common response I get is “I’m so alone, or depressed, or suffering, or suicidal.” People want that connection and we’re not giving it to them, and so many leave because of it. This idea is a way to combat the fact that so many people leave the Faith every week. All my best friends are people who I’ve approached. This can work and I’m just asking if you can spread this message. I wrote something longer on a word document if you’d like me to email it to you.
    God bless you!

  8. Hello Anna Rose! I’m so glad that you found my blog so that I in turn could find yours 🙂 Just from browsing around, I can definitely relate to what you write about- thank you for your honesty. On another note, roses have special meaning to me as well, and I love what you wrote about them in your intro here. ❤

  9. Maybe this is what Asperger is: a rose with thorns. Asperger has its advantages like the intense love for music and animals and special interests that can change the world like Bill Gates, but it also has its thorns.

  10. What a brave and beautiful person you are. Thank you for sharing yourself with the world.

  11. Hi, thanks so much for liking my Post “Rashi Modi: Gone forever” commenting on my “about” page and for stopping by my blog at: http://lovelyseasonscomeandgo.wordpress.com. Please feel free to stop in again. Happy New Years! Have a great day. Betty

  12. Great job doing this blog. I am sure you and many are benifiting from your words. I’ll surely be following up 🙂

    Keep the spirits high. All the best 🙂

  13. Anonymous says:

    I wrote this recalling my journey as a support person for several people very dear to me and thought this might be something you could use, share or simply read. I would love for you to have it and use however you want.
    God Bless!


    Letter from a support person:
    Dear loved one, family member, or beloved friend,

    My name does not matter, but what I have to say does. Over the years I have watched you painfully struggle with your silent battles and juggle every label doctors hand you. I have tried to be by your side and I have not been perfect. I had no idea what you were going through, even though I tried to understand.

    Really, I did.

    I read countless articles on depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, eating disorders and every related article under the sun. I have studied opinions from psychiatrists, psychologists and medical professionals. I have spent hours reading blogs written by people claiming to be in your shoes. I have prayed for you on many long, sleepless nights and I have cried for you more times than I can recall. I have read all the studies and heard all the analogies about how what you are going through can be like an invisible broken leg. Really, I have tried.

    The truth is, I know that I still don’t always get it. In fact, I know you are very patient with me as I stumble around trying to help. I know that I have said stupid things and failed to think before I carelessly release my thoughts and opinions without realizing how they could make your battles more difficult. Even now, I stumble and question writing these very words because I want every word to build you up and not break you down. Thank you for forgiving me each time I fail to support you in the way that you need… I try because, as far as I can tell, support is what we loved ones are supposed to do.

    I want you to know that I don’t do it out of pity. I don’t do it out of a feeling of duty or obligation. I don’t do it because I would feel guilty if I ignored you.

    I do it because I not only love you, but I LIKE you. The truth is that I genuinely like you as a person. You are really fun to hang out with. You are funny, charming, and make me laugh. You are intelligent and witty and make me think. You are beautiful, graceful and talented. You are brave and strong and you inspire me. You are patient and forgiving and you challenge me. You remind me that I am not perfect and you remind me that it is ok to struggle.

    Because, honestly, I want to be more like you. I wish I knew that I could have that kind of strength and perseverance. I wish I could inspire people like you do. I wish I could do for other people what you did for me. You remind me what it means to be human living up to our fullest potential: GREATNESS despite the brokenness.

    I love you. I know that you know that. I am here for you, I hope that you know that. But what I need you to know above all is that I AM SO THANKFUL for you. Without you, I would not be the person I am today. Your life has shaped my life and I could never thank you enough for letting me (try to) support you and most of all, to be your friend and loved one.

    Please continue to be patient with me; I am only human. But please know that you are one of the greatest gifts the Lord has ever given me and I wouldn’t trade our relationship for anything in the world! I love you!

    All my love,
    A Support Person

  14. Emma says:

    This is incredible that you gave this blog. I have suffered from eating disorders in the past, but I never thought of making a blog to help others. You go girl!!!!

  15. Nice blog as always. Thanks!

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  17. Anne Skyvington says:

    A beautiful page. I love the header.

  18. karaknick says:

    Anna, I love your blog. I LOVE that you are sharing such important and personal issues with the world. You are a true example of strength.

  19. Mem says:

    Please put more of your poetry and your creative posts out there – I miss them, Miss Rose with Thorns. You are such a talented writer and I bet you have a lot more to offer your readers. Just like a fabulous photographer or painter sees the world from different angles or in various colors, your words strung together create a new song for your blooggers – or your bloggers 🙂 – to hear. Keep up the good work. Many people receive life from your words.

  20. Mem says:

    P.S. Like, your Thanksgiving Thursdays, and your Media Mondays, and your Sunday lists of links – and your many other creative ideas.

  21. will32 says:

    Hi Anna,
    Have you ever been to Traditional Latin Mass? It is essentially the only Mass that Catholics knew for almost 2000 years. It did not change substantially until the modern break with Tradition. You seem to be quite a beautiful soul, and difficult as it is, I thought I’d bring up something I’ve researched for years. Actually others have done research, I just read the results.

  22. ashdapoet says:

    Followed your blog. Love what you’re trying to do here. As someone who suffer from an anxiety disorder and sometimes has anxiety attacks, this blog speaks to me and touches my heart and soul. Thank you for creating a platform that people with mental illnesses can come to and feel whole and inspired again. It’s awesome. Check out my monthly motivational blog sometime.

  23. politicalconnection says:

    Have you ever heard of the book “The Truth about ADHD: Genuine Hope and Biblical Answers” by Dr Daniel R Berger II online at Amazon? It has some interesting ideas and from reading some of your blog, you would probably enjoy it. His premise is very much outside-the-box. 🙂

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  25. Olive Ole says:

    This is a lovely blog, and you raise some rather heavy topics in a very elegant way. I like that.I am looking forward to reading more of your posts.

  26. Daal says:

    am so glad I happened onto your honest & lovely blog 🙂

  27. tonyroberts says:

    Hello again Annarose. I hope this finds you doing well.

    I’m reconnecting with long-standing followers to share something about
    I have now transformed my blog into the website “Delight in Disorder: Faith & Mental Illness” (delightindisorder.org). As a man of faith with over 25 years of “lived experience with bipolar disorder,” my goal is to share hope with others who have troubled minds and shatter stigma through stories.

    I hope you will join me there.

    Take care & God bless,

  28. Anna Rose, your blog is currently included on our Actually Autistic Blogs List (anautismobserver.wordpress.com). Please click on the “How do you want your blog listed?” link at the top of that site to personalize your blog’s description.
    Thank you.
    Judy (An Autism Observer)

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