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Thinking Back 2012 – Unexpected Journey

Per my last post (The World did not End But My Stress Went Through the Roof! ) I mentioned I was a bit behind. I did write this on the 31st but if you read my last post, you would understand why I’m posting it now. If you don’t want to bother reading my last post (and i don’t BLAME you – it was such a bore!) just keep reading and pretend it’s December 31st for the next few minutes.


Today is December 31, 2012…Only a few hours away from the end of 2012.While I’m ecstatic that the world did not end on the December 21 as predicted by the Mayans… That does not mean this month was not without its stress, anxiety, fear! Yes even though I blogged about mental health and humor, there has been a few times this year where humor about a specific subject just could not help. For example, Sandy Hook Elementary School was No Laughing Matter. And while it’s no laughing matter, it was an opportunity to use humor as a full on coping skill and technique in handling such a tragic event. How? Not from the event itself, but from relying on things in the past that made us laugh and to use “that humor, that Mental Health Humor” to laugh and cry as we “move forward” in this ever precarious world!

It’s the generosity of others that brings humanity back in the limelight! It was the many gifts I received in the past year that’s inspired me to give back, or better yet, pay it forward. In this past year, I dedicated myself to volunteering my time and efforts to try to bring a little joy and happiness to my fellow peers living with mental health disorders of one kind or another. I did this with drawing cartoons but also living through the cartoon series: mental health humor, the family stew, and Along with the cartoons, it was my joy and privilege to draw 31 mental health heroes from May’s cartoon-a-thon. I was also invited to be the cartoonist for the DBSA positive six campaign and then in November I took part in the national health blog post month campaign at Wego health drawing 31 family stew cartoons.  Side Note: I was nominated by a number of my read/follower for the Hilarious Health Activist Award.  This is two years in a row. Last year I made it to the top 10.  This year there a tons of bloggers in this category… I want to win but if I make top 100 I’ll call it a win.  🙂  I find having low expectations works best with these type of awards.

Along with my PsychCentral blog, I was happy to volunt1eer as a BP Hope magazine blogger and contributor to the International Bipolar Foundation blog. I stirred up a little noise when I got on my high and mighty horse of contempt for Kmart selling T-shirts that use the word “crazy” on them to teenagers. That post ended up going viral on Twitter and caused Kmart to remove the T-shirts from the online catalog!

It was in December of 2012 that I made the choice to lose weight (Weight-Loss). Something I’ve been putting off due to my mental stability or instability. I started off strong and by the end of March, I was down 23 pounds. It looked as if I was going to do it. But then I got cocky and decided I was feeling good enough to reduce some of my medications (going off medication). By the end of May, I was down 43 pounds. But then spiraled out-of-control into a deep depression that took the better part of four months to grab hold of it and I was back on all my medications. Needless to say, my diet became an utter failure and sadly to say–I put all the weight back on…plus a few pounds.

Fear not because in 2013–I’m going to do it all again, working on my weight, trying to draw cartoons that bring a smile and a giggle to some of my peers, drawing my peers as caricatures and sharing my valuable “Insights on Insanity.”



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Thinking Back 2012 – Unexpected Journey

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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