Nice to meet you!

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and a story is worth a thousand pictures. The focus of this blog is to offer stories, experiences, observations, insights, and beliefs that display compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, and abuse.  

In the middle of these human struggles you and I can find self-compassion. By allowing our pain to spotlight meaningful needs rather than perceived failures, we shut off the valve that gushes false guilt, self-loathing, and paralyzing shame over our heads.

I am not a doctor or therapist. I write from the front line of personal battles with, and observations of,  mental illness, addiction, and abuse.  While strategies and ideas that continue to work for me are naturally included in these writings, in no way should this website be considered a substitute for professional behavioral health care.  

Thank you for joining me. Whether a struggle is yours or you want to help a loved one, your comments are always welcome. 

Nancy Virden


  • Nancy,
    Thank you for your insights and Godly wisdom. Love to hear your stories from everyday life. Keep up the good work!


  • Hi Nancy,
    I will look forward to your blogs and hearing the perspectives of your followers. I am the grand daughter, daughter and mother of bipolar men/women. Could not agree more with your comment about the role of compassionate love in mental illness.
    Susan Sharp


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