I am currently sitting here contemplating what to write for a blog post. Throughout my whole blogging journey, I have always sought to establish genuine relationships with my followers. My blog is by no means a numbers or stats game. I do not really track how many people read this little corner of my world or how many hits, conversions etc I get. Maybe some people may view that as foolish and not very good business sense at all? I really don't care though, because I am all about keeping my love and passion for quilting real. Showing the good quilting with the bad. Sharing the good times and the bad times.
So this brings me onto sharing why I haven't been around much lately. My husband, Colin has been experiencing some scary severe anxiety and episodes of derealization. This seemed to get a little better with medication, however, it wasn't long until he was heading down into the abyss again soon after New Year. Fortunately he has been referred to the appropriate care team and will soon be receiving appropriate treatment and talking therapies. This has meant a huge change in circumstances for us as a family. He is unable to work at the moment, and anyone who is self employed, knows this can be very tricky indeed.
I stopped quilting for a few weeks there, hence the lack of quilty posts. Times like these really put the world in perspective! Thankfully we are beginning to see light at the end of the dark tunnel. I am beginning to get back into my commissioned projects this week and may even use Colin's photography skills to take some good photos of a few of my quilts for pdf patterns I hope to publish soon!
I just wanted to update everyone and be open about this time in our lives. One in four of us in the UK will suffer a mental health problem at some stage in our lives. I had post natal depression just 3 months after Jacob was born. Quilting is my personal therapy and meditation. I don't share this information about our situation for sympathy or to be doom or gloom. Quite the contrary! I want you to know that from terrible suffering of the mind can come great things. I discovered quilting as a result of suffering from post natal illness. Our family has become so much closer over these last few weeks of Colin's illness. As have Colin and I. Sadly there is still a huge amount of stigma around the issue of mental health and wellbeing. Colin and I have both suffered this kind of stigma first hand. This is why I feel it is vital I share this story here on my blog. The world of quilting can be very positive and viewed through rose tinted spectacles at times. This is a good thing but life isn't always like that. The discovery of quilting was a positive thing to come out of my illness. Now quilting is something that helps maintain good mental health in me. If more people are open about these benefits personally or for those around them, then perhaps we can help break down the stigma and encourage more people to take up quilting or share with those around us who are maybe finding life a little hard and could do with a distraction from their problems.
So even although it is still very, very early days for him, I just wanted to share that out of these horrid situations can come better things. Things you never knew would be around the corner. I never knew I would be a quilter all those years ago when ill. Who knows what is around that corner for Colin? I am thankful for every reader or follower I have here. I can only hope that my sharing of our lives can maybe encourage or help someone out there today.