Fathers Day


IMG_1872Hi everyone, I want to give you a heads up; this post is not like my usual posts. I wrote this post for the man I call “Dad”. 

Hi dad, I’m going to take a leap of faith and guess that you are reading this right now. I want to start by saying how much I wish I could be with you on this special day. And as much as I’d love to give you a hug, I need to be here in Wisconsin to get better. You have worked so hard in life to support me and all of my medical needs. Instead of one job, you also work as “The Honorable Legislator Dimond of District 3” An elected position that took months of campaigning. Everything you do is for our small loving family. I am so lucky to have someone to look up to. Even if that someone constantly uses the same old jokes or laughs too hard and becomes dizzy. Dad, without your constant love and support, I can’t imagine ever getting over all of my health obstacles. You and mom are the reason I have succeeded in life. You guys are the reason I can see the light that shines in the darkness. You joke and ask “where did you get your kindness from” but the honest answer is that I learned it from you. I miss you so much and can’t wait to see you in five days when you come and visit. I wanted to write this as my gift to you on father’s day. There is no way it would all fit in a card. So dad, Happy Fathers Day. Love you lots, and as always,

~ Stay Chipper Friends~  

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Scarier Than Horror Movies


The people I have met here at Rogers have such mind blowing stories. They have lived with these internal struggles for most of their lives, some even believing that their actions and thoughts were actually normal. What each person has lived with is a true horror story. Scary movies don’t compare to what these people have faced because eventually a movie ends. For everyone here, the story continues playing every single day. One girl panics every time a she sees skin because she can’t help but see bugs crawling on the arms and legs of people. Wherever she walks, she feels as if someone is behind her trying to catch her. She has run in fear so many times and her cries can be heard at night. Suddenly this same girl feels as if her head is being ripped off and tears streak her face. Another girl spent her teen year doing drugs and drinking alcohol to subside her thoughts that constantly play on repeat in her head, pounding the inside of her skull. And another is afraid to contact her family, fearing that if she does, someone will come to kill them.

These stories really scare me. But what’s even more frightening is the fact that to get rid of the thoughts and fears, they must force the fears and images upon themselves and sit with it for hours at a time. What is very surprising is the fact that when I said to someone “It must be hard” they said back to me without hesitation, “No, it’s just as hard as what everyone else here at Rogers is facing” There was no pity, just an acceptance that this is what they were given to deal with in life, and Rogers is the place to fix it. They welcome the fears and emotions, and then tackle them, no matter how hard it may be. Although I do the same thing, I can’t help but feel that I’m not trying as hard as the others. That may be OCD talking, but I can’t get rid of this constant feeling of “I’m not doing well enough” So, I guess I’ll try harder until I can come to terms with it another day.

~ Stay Chipper Friends ~

Remember you can always email me at Chipperchelseakay@gmail.com I love getting them!

I have gotten a few emails asking where to send mail, here is the address! (I LOVE mail)

Cedar Ridge
Attention: Chelsea Dimond
3011 N Cedar Ridge Road
Oconomowoc, WI 53066