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May is Cystic Fibrosis awareness month. After many surgeries, infections and hospitalizations, my brother was placed on the transplant list and received a double lung transplant three years ago because of this disease. He just lost yet another of his closest friends to cystic fibrosis, one who had her transplant at the same time as him.

To him and our family, this is a reminder of his continued and coming suffering, and his inevitable death from this disease unless a cure or significant improvement in treatment is found very soon.

For her, her family, my brother, our family and for me, I beg you please register (or check if you think you already are) as an organ donor at beadonor.ca.

Additionally, my wife and I are participating in the Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History in two weeks. Please considering making a donation to help us raise much needed funds for research. All funds go to Cystic Fibrosis Canada and every dollar makes a difference in the longevity and quality of my brother’s life and so many others who face this battle daily.

Heart ache.

Massive flooding is threatening human lives, homes, wildlife and the ecosystem, and essential human services like healthcare in Ottawa, Gatineau and surrounding communities.

Although many feel the military support did not come soon enough or with as much human power as needed early in the crisis, and likely still now, I want to say this is one of the very few kinds of military service I can throw my full support behind. All the rest is so complicated but it’s beautiful to see an engine of power being used for something other than violence.

Our Canadian neighbors will need our support in the coming weeks, and financial donations to organizations like the Red Cross provide far less logistical problems than donations of goods.

We have access to many resources to support the individuals effected, and although not nearly perfect, the care for safety of the residents of these Canadians communities is a privilege many developing nations in poverty situations simply can’t provide (current flooding in Bangladesh, as just one example).

And this particular instance of flooding demonstrates my deep concerns about rising global temperatures. I don’t have any clue how others could view this, along with the enormous amount of other examples, and come to any other conclusion than knowing with complete certainty that we are personally and collectively culpable for putting our world into a MASSIVE state of crisis that threatens the continuance of all Life on our Mother Earth.

Having Borderline Personality Disorder sucks a lot. The struggle and pain of it all is so intense sometimes.

But I’m also discovering the gifts of highly sensitive emotional people.

  • We are naturally empathetic and compassionate
  • We are able to have deep and authentic relationships
  • Our joy is contagious and can be found in the simplest of things
  • We can’t ignore the pain and injustice we see around us
  • We make great artists and storytellers.

I’m glad I’m still myself with BPD and that having intense emotions isn’t inherently a bad thing. Emotions are signals that help us understand what is important to us, what we need in each moment, and how we relate to the world around us. I’m grateful for my emotions, even the sometimes really painful ones, because of who they make me.

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