Wiley's Rescue Story
It took me over six months of writing the Rescue Dog Blog before I could even begin to share some details about Wiley's Rescue Story. I began writing it as an outlet for my depression and anxiety. However, I wasn't prepared to share the details about those issues with just anyone. That's part of the problem with depression; it makes sufferers feel guilty, worthless, or shamed. To make matters worse many people still harbor incorrect assumptions and suspicions about mental illness that contribute to its associated stigma.
In other words, people who are clinically depressed have both their brains and society working against them at the same time. I want to work against all those barriers and whatever other ones arise, but sometimes I need a lot of pep talks in the form of encouraging friends and readers, and pup talks in the form of wagging tails and sloppy kisses.
Having said that, I have made part of Wiley's Rescue Story available. Click here to read about the when, why, and how of it all.