How I Stayed Hopeful with Chronic Depression


By Frank Nadeau

My name is Frank. I am - at the time of this post - forty five and three-quarters years old. I suffer
from chronic depression, and have suffered from chronic depression for at least the past twenty
five odd years, though I never sought diagnosis and treatment for the condition until 2007 or so -
and I never truly admitted to myself that the matter was a lifelong struggle until the past . . .
three years? Maybe four?

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Two Halves Make A Whole- Sometimes

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Imagine for a minute that you need to unplug your phone charger to bring to work with you. You reach down to grab your charger and you’re met with a tangled mess of wires from all of your devices, and all of the wires look the same. To top it off, now you’re late for work, sweaty, and the mess of wires is so tangled that there’s no hope of untangling them in the near future. But at least you have your charger.

This is a glimpse of what life is like with my brain. I was born with a disorder of the brain called Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum. There are several varieties, and mine specifically is Complete Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum (C-ACC). This means that I am missing the part of the brain that connects the two hemispheres together, and all parts of my brain are communicating with each other at all times, lacking the filter that the “typical” brain uses to send and receive information. July 2nd is World Disorders of the Corpus Callosum Awareness Day. Here is a piece of my story.

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Lyme, The Invisible Disease

By Maggie Winter

My name is Maggie and I have chronic or persistent Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a spirochete bacteria, think of syphilis, that is passed from vector born insects, ticks, mosquitos, and spiders. Research is also showing that it may be passed sexually and that it can be passed to an unborn fetus from an infected mother. These vector born insects carry all sort of bacteria, parasites, and co infections, so you are getting all sorts of diseases from one bite. Lyme disease is a multi systemic disease affecting every part of your health in multiple ways. It’s extremely debilitating and unpredictable. One day you may be somewhat functional and the next day you are bedridden and suffering. Because you may look normal on the outside, it’s almost impossible for others to understand the pain you are feeling and how sick you really are. I can tell you first hand, we all become amazing actors.

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