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Welcome to the gallery site of Broken Light Collective. We are artists of all levels and abilities who are affected by mental illness. We create and we share our work for the therapeutic benefits to us, as well as others who may be struggling and feeling scared and alone. Together we can move from disconnected to collective.


Photo taken by a woman who has been diagnosed with bipolar type II. She has recently been cycling between depression and an agitated hypomania. Her medication and therapy are up in the air which is not helping the situation. She feels hopeless and helpless but is trying to stay afloat for her husband and young daughter.

About this photo: “This is a photograph I took of my little boo on a trip to the Jersey Shore. It is hard to be her mom because of severe mental health issues, but as she is growing – learning to walk, run, play – I am trying to do the same on my journey towards recovery. One step at a time. One milestone at a time. I still slip back – I admit this has been an impossibly difficult week and it’s hard to even get out of bed – but I know I must follow her lead and keep moving forward, no matter how hard it is or how far I slip back. As Dori the fish says in one of my daughter’s favorite movies, Finding Nemo, ‘When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.’”


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6 responses to “Moving Forward”

  1. barbaramelnikcarson Avatar

    Love this. Sweet photo and encouraging words. Thank you, we all need a little help from a “Dori” from time to time.


  2. Emily Avatar

    Great philosophy.


  3. Ilusión Avatar

    Reblogged this on My Thought. My Words… My LIFE! and commented:
    Right Words!
    Move on, never let life go!!!


  4. mrscarmichael Avatar

    cross that bridge – beautiful little girl.


  5. restlessjo Avatar

    Bless you, darlin. Heaven knows it’s not easy! And she’s a little sweetheart. So worth the effort.


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