A painting of a woman about to dive, and another woman mid-leap, watched by a group of three in the foreground.

Reading Time: 3 minutes I once tried to kill myself. I was not successful in my attempt, though I do not think I cared either way at that point. I had reached rock bottom and ambivalence is the only emotion that survives there. It has been said that only the good die young and I have never been good […]

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An abstract mainting with light colors and a figure representing a person in the foreground.

Reading Time: 4 minutes I was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) on April 26, 2007. I received one year of chemo and one month of radiation. Undergoing both treatments simultaneously was not easy. With chemo, I lost my hair. My appetite evaporated. It made me felt nauseous and would indeed cause me to throw up. When I was getting treated […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Soul loss is a form of self-preservation. When we experience trauma, we experience soul loss because the part of ourselves that gives us life and vitality “leave” in order to prevent permanent damage. This causes a systemic distortion that manifests in many ways, ultimately compromising our quality of life and our ability to connect with […]

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An abstract drawing, black on a white background, squigles with a dark circle in the center.

Reading Time: 5 minutes I was thinking about past events recently and pondering the effect those events would have had if I was successful in my attempt to take my own life. It’s a morbid thought for sure, but it is something that has plagued me for a very long time. I started to think about how my untimely […]

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A brighty colored abstact painting.

Reading Time: 3 minutes I knew since I was young that I would be working in an arts-related industry but never expected to work as an actual fine artist. I never even knew that was a possibility. I thought fine art was only done by white men during the Renaissance and not a modern era profession. It turns out […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Every day people struggle with negative feelings. Some folks move in and out of them easily, while others get stuck in them and choose to end their lives. When a celebrity takes their own life the media is quick to respond. TV and radio show hosts bring on experts to discuss suicide prevention and ads […]

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An abstract painting featuring yellow, purple and red blothces on a black background.

Reading Time: 18 minutes “Everyone recognizes the certainty [of his death], but lays it on one side, like other theoretical truths that are not applicable in practice, without taking it into his vivid consciousness.” (Schopenhauer) When Sigmund Freud arrived at the possibility of a “death instinct” in Beyond the Pleasure Principle he acknowledged that he had “unwillingly steered our […]

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Reading Time: 48 minutes J. Doe is a pseudonym for anonymous contributions to Sacred Spaces. The first entry to Sacred Spaces by J. Doe is the first installation from the memoirs of a brave woman faced with bipolar depression.

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