Sisters In Mental Illness: Canaries Among Us

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“Self care is choosing myself. I matter… It is a choice to pick myself and to be worth doing these things. We have value and the things we have to do to stay healthy have value.” — Crystal Meier 

 

Crystal and Shaley are both canaries. Canaries, according to Glennon Doyle, can “smell toxins in the air that you can’t smell, see trouble you don’t see and sense danger you don’t feel. [Our] sensitivity could save us all.”

 

The two chat about the importance of choosing self care, caring for kids who have trauma and what Crystal has learned from her work with Raising Wildflowers — a Canadian-registered charity that exists to connect adoptive and foster families with attachment-based trauma informed resources, particularly grants, for mental health services for children, as well as provide education and resources pertaining to childhood trauma.

 

Crystal Meier is wife to Bryan and mom to 5 amazing kiddos, some who joined their family by birth and some by adoption. She spent over a decade in the fast paced world of critical care as a healthcare professional before taking a break to integrate the newest 2 children into their family. She has extensive first knowledge of developmental trauma, attachment issues and childhood mental health struggles. These days she has combined her professional and personal interests and has a particular affinity for the intersection of mental and physical health as well as how unresolved trauma is stored in the body.

 

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Sisters in Mental Illness is a vlog series where Shaley Hoogendoorn has real conversations with brave SheLovelys who are willing to share their experience living with a mental illness. We live in a time where one in four people struggle with a mental health disorder, so these conversations are very important. We will share ALL the stories—stories of sadness, madness, shame and struggle. The more we talk about hard things like mental health, the better we can understand and walk with and alongside our Sisters in Mental Illness. We can remind each other that our stories are not over yet. Together we can smash the stigma and stereotypes of mental illness, ONE story at a time.

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Shaley Hoogendoorn

Shaley Hoogendoorn

Shaley grew up in Northern BC in her family-built log home with loads of brothers. Her childhood was filled with snow, skates, hockey and huskies. Shaley has always had a small town heart with big city dreams. She is married to Rob and put down roots in PoCo with their smart and sassy tween girls. Shaley has no inner monologue, never follows a recipe and has the biggest hair in any room. Hands down. Shaley invests her heart into her family, her community and her world. She works as an elementary school teacher and an event planner. She is fiercely passionate about helping the next generation become peacemakers and world changers. She brings beauty and order to Women’s Events and everyday life. She believes in sisterhood and women telling their stories without judgement. She follows Jesus and believes that love always ALWAYS wins. Come follow her ramblings on Instagram at @shaley_hoogs and messybeautywithshaley @
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