Al;ve #semicolonEDU #ProjectSemicolon

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I’m alive. Not in the sense that I’m not dead. Although that is also true. I’m alive, as in full of life. And I owe it all to my wife.

She encouraged me to get a physical with a full battery of blood work. Turns out I had prostate cancer.

She encouraged me to inquire about medication for my moods. Turns out I have anxiety and suffer from depression.

She encouraged me to seek out therapy to help save our marriage. Turns out we’ll be married for another 18 years or more, assuming she’ll have me.

For the past ??? years, my mental health has been fragile at best. But Melissa has stood by me every step of the way. And all of her encouragement has finally paid off. I have made the decision to get help. To share my stories. To #stopfakingit, as my friend Joe Mazza writes. To not be ashamed to admit, as my friend Nicholas Provenzano writes in 2015.

I join a growing legion of educators who are telling our stories. I’ve joined the semicolonEDU Facebook Group. I’m following @ProjectSemicolon. I certainly don’t have all the answers, nor do I know all the questions. But I will listen. So don’t hesitate to reach out.

Remember, our story is not over.


4 thoughts on “Al;ve #semicolonEDU #ProjectSemicolon

  1. I don’t know you Michael, I’ve connected with you via #IMMOOC but I am completely touched and moved by your bravery. My oldest daughter has suffered with depression for many years and has tried to kill herself more times than I like to remember. It’s been such a difficult life for her, but also for our entire family. So many people are afraid to talk about mental illness and that makes getting help so difficult. My daughter didn’t have anyone at school that helped her and nobody understood her or even cared to. That made her life at school really difficult. I’m touched by your bravery and I wish you the best. Again, I don’t know you but I bet that acknowledging your own struggles will make you receptive to students who suffer daily in silence. Good luck on your journey!

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