Hello, my name is Erika Brooks. I am a mother of 4 children who each live with completely different healthcare challenges and diagnoses. I am also a wife, writer, speaker, and now advocate for others who haven’t found the courage to speak out with their own voice yet. I also love Jesus, He is my Lord, Savior and faithful friend.
I have chosen to share my own personal life experiences as a mom with hope to inspire, enlighten and bring awareness to others who have been “untouched” by mental illness or other special health care challenges.
It is become my purpose to break my own silence and speak out with hope to eradicate stigma that is often attached to individuals living with a variety of healthcare challenges. I want to produce change in this world and it can only happen if others join in this movement as well. Others need to discover hope, love, compassion, kindness, gentleness and acceptance.
While watching my own children battle throughout their younger days, it opened my awareness to the areas and things they had to endure and suffer through. My oldest son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. My youngest has developmental disabilities. My daughters have suffered from severe depression and anxiety. They each battle individually everyday. It is because of their experiences that they are stronger today than before. They have each broken the stigma of what some would think their lives should become or be like. They are each successful and doing well today. I consider them warriors because they have been forced to fight a war that they didn’t enlist to be in.
I am using my experiences from 2 very different sides of the world to tell those who are uninformed and bring inspiration to some who have lost hope. I am here to share support with other moms, and be an active listener to those who just want to be heard.
Thank you for choosing to be here and for your time. I hope to encourage and not discourage.
Please feel free to contact me here privately rather than posting a long comment.
Or you can also email me directly at Stigmasnomore@gmail.com If there is anything I can do to help others with advocacy please reach out.
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