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Making the decision to share openly my mental health journey is both terrifying and liberating. Life with major depressive disorder has been a roller coaster to say the least. My hope is that by sharing my journey, you will find the strength to share yours, even if its just with one family member, friend, or therapist. I know having a tribe around me has carried me through. I am a wife, a mother of three kids and two dogs. I was raised by a single mom, that showed me what it meant to do the right thing. I have loved reading and writing since I was a child. I have also loved competing in sports. Began running track at a very young age and played soccer most of my life. I fell in love with a new sport at the age of thirty-six, tennis. My happy place is hiking in the mountains with my family, there is no place I feel more at peace. I love learning about other people and what makes them tick. I value my friendships, the real ones. The ones that are raw and leave you feeling full. Known in my circle for being blunt, I have learned it is both a strength and a weakness. Fortunately for me, my mom and my husband have taught me over the years the value of diplomacy. I think kindness is what is needed most in the world. My favorite quote is, "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about."
Most importantly, what I want you to know is you are not alone, your story is important, and you have value and purpose.
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HOW YOUR INFORMATION MAY BE USED
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THIRD-PARTY USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
We may share your information with third parties when you explicitly authorize us to share your information.
Additionally, the Website may use third-party service providers to service various aspects of the Website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies.
The Website currently uses the following third-party service providers:
Google Analytics – this service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics.
At this time, your personal information is not shared with any other third-party applications. This list may be amended from time to time in the Website’s sole discretion.
Except when required by law, we will not sell, distribute, or reveal your email addresses or other personal information without your consent; however, we may disclose or transfer personal information collected through the Website to third parties who acquire all or a portion of our business, which may be the result of a merger, consolidation, or purchase of all or a portion of our assets, or in connection with any bankruptcy or reorganization proceeding brought by or against us.
From time to time, we may use anonymous data, which does not identify you alone, or when combined with data from other parties. This type of anonymous data may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Examples of this anonymous data may include analytics or information collected from cookies.
PUBLICLY VISIBLE INFORMATION
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You may also choose to link your Facebook, Instagram, and Google Account.
Users may see your username, avatar, profile description and website information.
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Please note that we may need to retain certain information for record keeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.
SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION
The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the Website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.
Disclaimer: All content provided on this blog are the sole thoughts and opinions of the writers. The writers on this blog are not medical professionals. For professional advice, please seek counsel of a licensed medical professional. If you are thinking about suicide, please contact https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ .
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