That the NAMI National Convention 2016 IS A GO!
Thanks to the support of my friends at both my churches put together with the (little) money I’ve been able to save, I was able to cover my train transport out and back, a NAMI membership (to make the convention fee less), and the full convention fee! Wowza.
And of course, I have to thank my dear friend Johanna (and her accomplices Brad and Hawkeye) for opening up their home to me for the week. They live in Fort Collins, Co…which is about an hour north of Denver. There’s a commuter bus that goes from Ft Collins to Denver during the week called the Bustang (ha!). So that’s how I’ll be getting to Denver. Without Johanna’s generous home opening (does that make sense?), I was able to actually attend the convention this year because I didn’t have to worry about outlandish hotel fees (and the tax on hotel rooms in Denver is like 25% or something ridiculous like that!). She’s saving my butt! It also doesn’t hurt that she’s pretty much the coolest person ever and I love her with all my heart. ❤ What a good egg.
So yeah, in five weeks right about now, I’ll be rolling into Denver’s Union Station. How ridiculous is that?!! Thanks to all of you for your support and love. I really wouldn’t have made it this far without it.
What have I been up to, you ask?
Well, I’ve been doing fairly well. My mood is up. My activity level is up (except for this last week when I spent a lot of time in bed. I think seasonal allergies are to blame). I’ve been watching cute kittens at tinykittens and it’s made me realize how thankful I am for people who do the right thing just because it’s the right thing. How refreshing.
I definitely rode the bus a couple of weeks ago! It went well. I’m going to try to go on my own this week. We’ll see. I’ve got the bongo app downloaded so I’m primed to succeed.
So guess what? Thanks to Washington’s United Presbyterian Church and Iowa City’s First Presbyterian Church, I’m going to be able to attend the National NAMI Convention in Denver this summer!!!! For sure! I’ve been blessed with amazing people who love me and are interested in my journey to being an advocate for mental illness.
And, thanks to the amazing Johanna and Brad (and Hawkeye) for letting me stay with them for this convention. I promise to make you guys a good dinner while I’m there…or to at least buy a pizza (because Johanna is a much better cook than I am).
For the first time since high school, I’m excited by life and its possibilities. These past ten years have been nothing I could have ever imagined. Lots of illness, pain, and death. Thankfully, I have the best support system ever. I’m a darn lucky girl.