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The page says that it's a protected blog now, and I can't view anything, though I've created a Wordpress account and requested an invite to the blog. Still the same message. That blog is really my life line. Help?

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manymoretodays

I noticed that too.  Let me know if you find a way in again.  Hopefully just some new technical challenges and the kinks will be worked out soon.  I found myself recently really set back and need that site as well right now for a life line too.  Maybe Monica is still recovering post traveling and is having to take things real slow?

 

Best,

mmt

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Marsha

I read on Twitter, Monica said she  pulled the plug on her blog I think.

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Stormstrong
13 hours ago, Marsha said:

I read on Twitter, Monica said she  pulled the plug on her blog I think.

 

oh my god :(

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manymoretodays

I hope not........as far as what Marsha said........that she pulled the plug on her blog.  I don't twitter.  Anyhoo I went on in and requested an invite.  I do recall her posting that she was swamped.......probably here.  So I am hoping that she is just doing catch up on many other things that she does........ and that my request for invite will go through in time.

 

Stormstrong you might want to do the same.  Just follow the wordpress instructions to request an invite.   Meanwhile........patience and best to us all, as I still believe it is possible.

 

On 10/25/2017 at 9:42 PM, Marsha said:

 

I read on Twitter, Monica said she  pulled the plug on her blog I think

 

Are you sure Marsha???.............maybe it was just heresay??  Idk........I guess we will find out in time.  I would imagine she would post something here in her success story when she gets caught on up.

 

Love, peace, recovery/healing, growth, and self care to the maximum!!

manymoretodays:blink::huh::)

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Hi all.

 

I did some research yesterday on Twitter.

 

Someone asked Monica:

Monica where is your blog??
 
And the answer was:
gone. sorry. I need to move on. desperately. the decision did not come easy. I'm sorry it's going to be missed by many.
 
I found another tweet some days old.
Someone else wrote:
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from #Mentalhealth#advocacy since 2004 is to never give it so much importance that it becomes your life
 
And Monica answered: 
I just took down my blog. COMPLETELY gone. Feels ******* awesome.
 
I answered, too, and asked her:
 
It will be heardly missed by many. Still respect your decision, maybe part of a healing process?
 
And she wrote:
 
absolutely...this is all about self-care and all I ever talked about really...this action is in keeping with what I was sharing all along.
 
 
I am sorry there are no better news and all the Information is gone for this moment.
 
 
 
 

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bruno2016

i think there is a point where many people end up "moving on". To think day in and day out about this stuff--drugs, WD, mental health, etc-- can sort of hold you back in your own healing...if that makes sense. Not that its completely bad or harmful, but there does seem to be a point where there is a new chapter. 

 

I myself had long periods of time where I completely put out of my mind anything to do with WD, AD, psychiatry, etc. IT felt nice. I am at a point now where I can share my experience without it taking up too much of my time/over thinking/worrying. Dont forget that for many of us, this WD was literally a traumatic experience, both mental and physical. It was hell. Its nice to just put that behind you. 

 

Its still great to help others and offer my support but also this stuff is behind me. It was a very dark time in my life--years of suffering, lost time, etc---once you all heal up, keep moving forward and dont look back; dont get stuck in that sick and victim state, if that makes sense. 

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manymoretodays

Oh.  Thanks bruno and line.  And sorry Stormstrong .........as I see you did put in a request for an invite, as did I.......probably a moot point by now.

 

Truly happy for Monica then.  And many thanks for all she did do.......and share........for so long.

 

2 hours ago, bruno2016 said:

Its still great to help others and offer my support but also this stuff is behind me. It was a very dark time in my life--years of suffering, lost time, etc---once you all heal up, keep moving forward and dont look back; dont get stuck in that sick and victim state, if that makes sense. 

 

This.  Good.  Hit home.  Thank you too bruno. 

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JanCarol

Yeah, I get that she's moving on - but - even if she didn't tend it, and left it read-only - it was a beacon of information and hope to the rest of us who still struggle.  There are few resources which are accurate, thoughtful and uplifting all at the same time.

 

I'm disappointed.  I'd like to see it "out there," even if she doesn't maintain it.

 

It's possible to kiss the child and let it go, and let the child be it's own thing.

 

 

It's like smashing pots or destroying art - when the art could stand on it's own, set free - not even associated with the artist.

 

How many people have appreciated this sculpture - 

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In it's various forms - and in ways that the original artist did not intend or plan for?

It's "out there," now, and people use it in all kinds of ways.

 

That's how I feel Beyond Meds should be for us.  It has a life of its own, she doesn't need to maintain it - just lock the pages, and let it fly.

 

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VitaminB

I wish I could get access to her amazon store. She had so much good stuff in there. 

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Stormstrong
9 hours ago, JanCarol said:

Yeah, I get that she's moving on - but - even if she didn't tend it, and left it read-only - it was a beacon of information and hope to the rest of us who still struggle.  There are few resources which are accurate, thoughtful and uplifting all at the same time.

 

I'm disappointed.  I'd like to see it "out there," even if she doesn't maintain it.

 

It's possible to kiss the child and let it go, and let the child be it's own thing.

 

 

It's like smashing pots or destroying art - when the art could stand on it's own, set free - not even associated with the artist.

 

How many people have appreciated this sculpture - 

7cb4e84062ff6101b88468e9235195af.jpg

 

In it's various forms - and in ways that the original artist did not intend or plan for?

It's "out there," now, and people use it in all kinds of ways.

 

That's how I feel Beyond Meds should be for us.  It has a life of its own, she doesn't need to maintain it - just lock the pages, and let it fly.

 

 

3 hours ago, VitaminB said:

I wish I could get access to her amazon store. She had so much good stuff in there. 

 

Is there not someone here with access to Monica's Twitter, who can BEG her to leave the blog up, as well as her Amazon store? Or a recent least tell her how heartbreaking it is to lose all access to so much priceless information of HOPE, LIGHT, and Healing? There has to be a better option for letting go of the blog yet allowing it to just Be. 

 

:'( :'(

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DrugfreeProf

Yeah, I don't get it, Monica taking her blog down forever. Doesn't really make sense to me. You can move on while still leaving your legacy behind. Maybe she got weary of people contacting her via her blog for advice. Maybe she was getting hassled or harassed. I've seen her presence on Mad in America fairly recently, so it's puzzling that she just quit this blog altogether.  I do so respect her and her work, like so many others on SA. Monica's a shining jewel amidst all of this darkness. I too wish she'd reconsider. 

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ChessieCat
23 minutes ago, DrugfreeProf said:

 I do so respect her and her work

 

We also need to respect Monica's decision.  She may just need time to regain her life and after a while feel that she can have the site up as a non-active site.

 

However, she does have a large presence on the internet and she may be concerned about people contacting her via other sites.  If this happened, then it will intrude on her "new" life.

 

I can absolutely understand why she may not to keep her blog online.  She created it to help herself through really tough times.  Many have benefited from it which is great.  She probably didn't expect that to happen.  Sometimes we have to close a chapter in our life and not return to it for our own well being.

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DrugfreeProf

I understand, I do. . .this is the kind of experience that any sane person would want to forget and put behind them. But I also have a part of me that says that we do  not live on this earth, and go through these ordeals, only for ourselves. I believe we are part of a great big web in which each and every one of us can  and does gain from the collective experiences of the rest of us.

I just have always felt that everything has a bigger purpose. . .including, especially, our own suffering and what we do with it.  So everything Monica went through and learned and shared with us was perhaps part of the purpose for what she went through. Just my humble opinion, based on my personal philosophy. 

In any event, this is NOT meant as a judgment on Monica, who has already contributed immensely to the world via her blog and many other contributions across the net.  Having said all of the above, we are, first and foremost, responsible for keeping ourselves healthy and alive. If that's what she's doing and why she discontinued her blog, well, then she's doing what she's supposed to be doing!

But I do feel sad, and I miss her writings already.

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manymoretodays

I agree with you all.  Sad and miss her too.  Hoping the site/blog will go back up as it, as far as I know, was a resource (with a huge amount of really decent putting thoughts into words by Monica herself and other's whose stuff she shared).......that we could all use to further help not only ourselves but others that.........well........I certainly come across many others whose time may come and be sparked by my own experiences.  As Monica/beyond meds and "Anatomy of an Epidemic"(the book) were my inspirations to get free.   In fact I found this site after perusing beyondmeds. 

 

So hopefully......it will be ? archived or something soon enough or put in some e-book for purchase form or hard copy??  Don't know.  Maybe some of you other bloggers know how that kind of thing works?  Lol......I'm pretty certain she's not off to work for the government or a pharmaceutical company.  Maybe she will do some internet/face time counseling for pay thing now.  Or speaking and travel......I think she wanted to expand there.   That would be great too.  I can't imagine she is going on out to pasture........I feel certain she is on to something higher priority with maybe ? a conflict of interest or something to that effect.  I don't think it's a forever thing in anycase.......maybe just me.......I think we just have to be patient somehow.

 

We love and miss you Monica and thank you so very much for what you did for me indirectly.  (Idk.....maybe if we all keep posting she'll let us know the what's and why's)  She's got postings here in "Success Stories" too.........just can't link anymore to beyondmeds.

 

It's all good enough.

 

Love, peace, recovery/healing, and growth(at any age)

mmt

 

 

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Bethsimmons

It saddens me that Monica closed her blog "Beyond Meds". I'm sure she had her reasons but what a shame for everyone. It was such a great repository of information. It is not to be the same but am working on a website called Healing America Now that has been birthed from the results and experiences from my Cymbalta Hurts Worse group. We have over 11,000 members now. There is such a need for public exposure of these drugs with healthy alternatives. Due out sometime early 2018. Still, just so sad about Monica's decision. Broken-hearted. 

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Stormstrong

so much wisdom in that blog... dig just a centimeter, and it all came gushing forth. I'd barely scratched the surface of her blog. Still processing (poorly) this event.

 

On the flip coin side is my sense of entitlement to such a gift... not realizing the many strings in place which allowed her to offer it freely...

 

In a darkening world, it was a powerful candle to us all. In its absence the darkness looms, and it's very scary. Don't know where to go

from here.

 

Maybe we'll create something from the shards of our memories of Beyond Meds, and from our grief

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manymoretodays

I know, I know............nothing quite like it out there.  Personal favorite that comes to mind right now......."What a Shaman sees in a Mental Hospital".  More recent writings of Monica's own and another................. on just becoming, something like that, losing the mental health labels as part of one's identity, and finding where I/we belong now.

 

Grieving with you Stormstrong.............while sending out so many positive intentions for whatever is next for our dear Monica and even feeling some excitement about that. 

 

On 11/3/2017 at 8:49 PM, Stormstrong said:

so much wisdom in that blog... dig just a centimeter, and it all came gushing forth. I'd barely scratched the surface of her blog. Still processing (poorly) this event.

 

On the flip coin side is my sense of entitlement to such a gift... not realizing the many strings in place which allowed her to offer it freely...

 

In a darkening world, it was a powerful candle to us all. In its absence the darkness looms, and it's very scary. Don't know where to go

from here.

 

Maybe we'll create something from the shards of our memories of Beyond Meds, and from our grief

 

I love your post so I quoted it.  "create something from the shards of our memories of Beyond Meds and our grief"  especially.  You already are!  So well put.

 

Such a fine role model of how one makes lemonade out of lemons and bares one's soul and helps so many.  Courageous. 

 

I'll just quote a stanza from a song....."Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got til it's gone...."

 

And now Idk.........enough of grief.........let's celebrate somehow.........it's healthier!

 

mmt

 

 

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InvisibleUnless

i think her contributions were invaluable, but i do understand the drive to have some 'distance' and to live for more.  healing can demand it, when those times arrive, though everyones process may differ at least a bit.  i consider similar things myself, and also take voluntary and involuntary breaks.  the few people that recognize me probably realize that i rarely visit or post here, as well, as part of my overall recovery.  indeed, my personal recovery thread remains woefully bare as that is just not where i work through stuff.

 

in my own less drastic breaks and departures, i have come to think that this is probably not the last we have heard from her in such a supportive and wide-reaching capacity.  i do understand wanting to keep things off the air indefinitely, though.  there is a connection we sometimes have to the material we put out there, and sometimes self-care involves turning our attention away through physical as well as psychological modifications.  they are, in their ways, inter-reinforcing experiences.

 

ultimately, i think a lot of things are up to us, as individuals.  it is true that she did a lot of things more capably and more insightfully than some feel able to, at the very least in present states, but i think that we all have something to offer--ourselves, each other, and the world.  she, in her efforts, has contributed to what we ourselves are offering now, and that persists longer than any webpage.

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ChessieCat

"and ask that no one contact me for consultations or assistance"

 

I certainly hope that people respect her decision and honour her request.

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manymoretodays

Thanks Monica!  Many of us happier recoverers/healing healers now........ :) 

 

The link to the now retired beyondmeds is 2 posts up.  Jumping for joy I am.

 

(I for one wouldn't even know how to contact her)  I think it might also be judicious to cite her site when sharing any of her personal commentaries.

 

respectfully,  love and peace and happy trails!!!

mmt

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