I’ve talked quite a bit about my depression/SAD, but until a few years ago, if someone had asked me about my health, I probably would have instantly thought of my skin.

My relationship with my skin has been fraught. I was born with dermatitis and broke out in nasty itchy eczema in reaction to all sorts of foods. The food allergies were annoying, but the skin thing was worse. The allergies became better (or rather, the food stuff decreased, and my hayfever increased), but my skin still broke out in reaction to other things. Mostly stress but also environmental factors. …

So let’s dive right in: On Whitsunday 2010, at the age of 29, I was baptised. I don’t know how common adult baptisms are elsewhere, but in Switzerland pretty much everyone is baptised as a baby, either into the Protestant or Roman Catholic church. However, I was born a Baptist pastor’s daughter (which means a different thing here than it might in the US — the Southern Baptists actually left the World Baptist Union), and one of the things I like best about it is that getting baptised is supposed to be an adult’s free choice. My parents raised us in a Christian home, but never one that was restricting. …

I almost missed this, but today is Blogging Against Disablism Day, which I first took part in last year.

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Sunrise in Jacmel, Haiti (Nov 2010)

Ever since my diagnosis (first with SAD -Seasonal Affective Disorder- then also with “regular” depression) I was aware that people might judge me. It’s still much less acceptable to say “Sorry, can’t come, having a bad depression day” than “Sorry, can’t come, have the flu”. However, I was also very glad to finally know what the heck was wrong with me and be able to do something about it. This led me to decide right from the start to always be honest about my mental health, and my experiences have mostly been positive. People usually seem surprised, because they have a skewed image of what people with mental illness are like — because it’s still a topic that one doesn’t talk about, as I discovered when people reacted to my honesty with admissions of their own. …



Swiss // book nerd // traveler // anthropologist // chocoholic // anglophile

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