NAMI Walks 2010!

For about 4 years now, I have been involved with a wonderful organization called NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness).  I have psychotic disorder NOS (not otherwise specified…basically they don’t know which one exactly) and it causes me to see and hear things that aren’t really there and I have problems with depression and anxiety.  I am happy to say that now with the correct medication it is in remission.  I got Riley last year when my disorder was bad.  I would see people in my bedroom at night that weren’t really there so I wanted to get a dog that could sleep with me that I could wake up in the night and she would bark if there was really anyone there.  Riley has been my lifeline for the last year and 3 months.

For more information about NAMI, check out their website!  They provide support services for people with mental illness and their families and friends.  1 in 4 people are diagnosed with a mental illness, so this means you likely know someone with a mental illness or may have one yourself.

Every year I participate in NAMI Walks Virginia.  Last year, Riley walked with me!  I don’t think she’s going to be able to walk the 5K with me this year because her hips are starting to bother her again.  😦  Anyway, the walk is held in Richmond on October 9th.  I have $180 left to raise to meet my goal of $500.  I’m not looking for big donations, I’m only looking for $5 to $10 from a bunch of people so one or two people don’t have to donate a large amount.  We can all make a difference.  Check out my fundraising website!  Thanks!

Riley and I walking last year (October 3, 2009)!

6 thoughts on “NAMI Walks 2010!

  1. Way to go, Elyse! I am so happy that you have Riley to help you through the rough spots! Stumpy does the same for me! I have some dollars coming in on Wednesday so I'll be back then to help. I appreciate what you are doing!I'm sorry to hear that Riley is having problems with her hips! OUCH! It's hard to keep a good cattledog down, though!

  2. Thanks, guys!I know, it is so sad to see that Riley's hips are bothering her again. She pushes herself too hard playing and ends up limping a bit later. I'm saving up for hip surgery next year, so there is hope in sight!! 🙂

  3. Hello we are your newest followers! My younger Brother suffers with Bipolar some months are rougher than others. I am glad that Riley has been by your side, it is amazing what a dog can do! We hope her hips feel better.Your Friends athttp://www.lifewith5dogs.com/

  4. Hi, again, Elyse and Riley! Stumpy and I made a small anonymous donation this morning. I meant to sign Stumpy's name in th eocmments so you would know where it came from, but I forgot!Thanks, again, for all you do and for giving us a chance to help!

Riley loves hearing from her friends!

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