Wednesday, March 13, 2013

So here's the deal. 

Below the Radar has taken off. I mean, like, BOOM, taken off. 9 countries, a couple thousand views, two dozen+ subscriptions, and this just in...

Featured on WEGO Health Blog:

Health Activist Interview: Amanda Kasper & Katie Anthony

Sometimes, when you least expect it, shit kind of goes crazy--I think that's a good metaphor for my life.

So here's what I'm going to do. Here's what I think is going to help. 

I don't need a book to transform my life, I need me to transform my life. I need to overcome my demons to transform my life. And I will, because 1) I have to because I can't live like this anymore and 2) because I'm living for someone. I'm living in memory of someone. 

Sometimes, I think all we need is someone to validate that what we're feeling isn't crazy. Someone to say "we've been there, and it sucks, but it gets better." 

So, while I am encouraged by the readings and assignments from this app (Transform Your Life, I believe is what it's called), I'm going to be encouraged, instead, by the memory of someone who I cared (care) about. Brian Ray Littrell Jr. 

I will be writing about my fight with depression. My good days. My bad days. The stigma associated with depression and anxiety. How I fought my family with my depression. The family history with depression. 

All to prove to society that the stigma associated with depression needs to change. And it needs to change in yesterday. 

I have fought depression since I was 16. My mom was "slipping me" St. Johns Wart (a known herbal remedy for depression, since I was 13). 

I have been on some sort of anti-anxiety or anti-depression medicine since I was 16. 

I am 23. I am living. I fight every day. I am here to break the stigma. 

I am sick of the stigma. 

I am sick of being a number, a statistic

Today, the battle begins against these beliefs. 

Today, we become ourselves again

Who's with me?         


  1. Hey Katie,

    I am picking up what you're putting down. I also have an autoimmune disease and have been working on getting the word out: but I've decided the only way we'll get a cure for some of the obscure diseases (like mine and some of yours) is to work together - all autoimmune disease patients and their family and friends - and raise awareness. I started a PJ Day and we just had our second annual which grew by leaps and bounds from the first (which was mindblowing in its own rite) check out the links on this page: and maybe you and your crew could put something PJ together for next year's event - it's gonna go through the roof, especially if all of us 'instigators' get on it and make it happen. Next year it will be on Feb 28th - Friday, so start scheming. You can contact me anytime on my Weggies Blog if you want to talk.
    All the very best to you and only better health each day.

    Big hugs and many spoons,


  2. That's such an awesome idea, Marta! I live in my PJs most day.

    I'm so sorry to hear that you're struggling, but know that you're not alone. I'll definitely share your page with my partner-in-crime, Amanda, and we'll send healing hugs your way.

    Healing love and extra spoons,