Mark’s Journey – Back home, earlier than expected

Well, I’m back home much earlier than I had originally anticipated.  The 45-60 day residential program I was attending was cut short because my insurance company decided to stop paying after two weeks.  I would never have imagined that they would have approved me to attend a residential facility and then pull the rug out from under me after 14 days, but that’s how insurance companies operate in the “free market always knows best” land that we live in.  I’m upset but I am practicing Radical Acceptance, a skill I learned while receiving treatment.  It’s part of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) which I was introduced to for the first time during my journey to Wisconsin.  I can say without doubt that the time I spent there was worth it and I’m glad that I had the chance to even go for that amount of time.  I believe DBT is the missing link that I’ve been looking for.  I talk about this and where I’m currently at in my journey in a vlog post on the YouTube channel.

Mark’s Journey: Until next time…

Well, it’s that time.  The night before I take the biggest of steps in this journey.  Tomorrow morning I’ll be admitted into the behavioral health facility that I’ve traveled so far for (literally and figuratively).  There is a flood of emotion racing through my head right now, but I’m ready.  I’m ready for this next step.  I’m ready to get better, feel better, enjoy…better.

Not sure when I’ll have a chance to blog, vlog, or post of any kind for a while.  I’ll do my best to try and keep updates coming, but I think there might be some “off the grid” time in my near future.  With that being said, I’ve just added my last vlog post to the YouTube channel before my admission.

Thanks again everyone for all the support, thoughts, warm wishes, and positive vibes.  Until next time…


In the air

So, we’re finally in the air.  Had a delayed start due to a thunderstorm, which is quite strange for early February.  Anyhow, we’re now flying with the clouds and drink service has started.  On a plane this size they don’t take cards so my Coke will be just that, no “sippy sippy”. 🚫🍸 That’s ok, I’ll still have the “…and a smile”. 😊 


Mark’s Journey – Part 4 (Admission date is set)

I finally got my admission’s date…and it’s next week!  Yes, things are moving quickly.  I’m flying to Wisconsin on Monday.  It’s hard to believe, even as I type these words, that I’ll be on a plane within 48 hours.  I added another video to my YouTube channel chronicling this next step in my journey.  In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the places you’ll go!”

Mark's Journey - Part 4
Gearing up for the cold weather in my newest vlog post.

Mark’s Journey – Part 3 (Hurry up and wait)

Quick vlog on the YouTube channel providing an update that seems to be moving us in the right direction.  I hope you’ll check it out and let me know your thoughts.

Also, as I was putting this post together I came across the following image and felt it was to good not to post.  It is unfortunately a very accurate assessment.  Take care everyone and talk to you soon.

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