Meet Ericka Arthur

 

Known as fearless behind the pen, Brooklyn NY native Ericka Arthur of Authenticitee Speaks is an Inspirational blogger, speaker, writer, singer and poet. A lover of love, she writes from the core of her heart; to the core of hearts. 

As a volunteer Suicide Crisis Counselor, Ericka has a burden to raise awareness and end the stigma facing those having difficulty coping; especially in communities of color and faith. 

Her latest movement, Inspiration With E, was created to share what inspires her while encouraging others. “Inspired to inspire and healed to do the same”, is the self proclamation that fuels Ericka and has now culminated in the launch of her own radio show. 

Inspiration With E, set to debut Aug 20, 2017 on Grindhard Radio, is where she will share what inspires her. Everything from different genres of music, interviewing Indie Authors, Artists and Entrepreneurs while raising awareness about issues close to her heart. 

Be sure to tune in Sundays from 7p to 830p EST & tell a friend!

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Shynon Barnayha

I am a mother of 3 children; 2 boys and a daughter. In 2007 I was diagnosed with epilepsy. I never wanted to believe it. I was trying to figure out how this happened. I had never had a seizure as a child. My family doesn’t have any signs of having seizures. I called my heart out and I remember looking at my kids thinking I’m going to die before they are even grown up. I was depressed and a million thoughts were running in my head. I was trying to reflect “Why me and how?”

Then I remembered my ex-husband (kid’s dad). He and I were always fighting. He was very abusive; verbally, emotionally, physically; an alcoholic and on drugs. When I had my major first seizure, it was on my birthday. I remember riding in an ambulance dripping in blood and my face burning. When I was able to check my face, I looked in the mirror once I had arrived to the hospital. It was burnt up on one side of my face from scraping against the carpet, blood everywhere, couches, puddles of blood on the floor. It had taken me 3-6 months to heal from all the injuries. I knew my face and my life would never be the same again. I couldn’t help but feel ugly and useless. My kids wouldn’t see me raise them.

Living with epilepsy has only made me get stronger and gain strength. I had learned to stop feeling sorry for the mistakes I had made when it came to my past. I had to learn how to concentrate on my future. I hated feeling like I wasn’t going to accomplish what I wanted to do within my life. All I had pictured my whole life was having a strong family, actually getting married to someone that will NOT abuse me or my children. I wanted to live in peace and happiness.

I have to thank my family and friends who have supported me in making sure that I don’t let this get me down and that I still grow as a person; by telling me that I will always have their support. To my kids Pharrel, Asiah and Jarell, they had supported me through thick and thin. They had seen me have epileptic seizures and they took care of me. I love my children for that. I thank God every day that I am still alive.

 

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Email: barnayhashynon1984@gmail.com

 

*November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. For more information visit: http://www.epilepsy.com/make-difference/get-involved/national-epilepsy-awareness-month

**October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For 24/7 help & more information visit: http://www.thehotline.org/

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#SUICIDEAWARENESSMONTH

I think one of the toughest things I had to adjust to when being trained as a volunteer Suicide & Crisis Counselor was asking TOUGH (& TOUCHY) questions. 

I felt it was intrusive & quite frankly impolite to be that detailed in my line of questioning when someone reached out for help. Everyone who is sad, depressed, in crisis or even self harm (cutting), ARE NOT suicidal. 

I thought asking if they were suicidal or had a plan would be offensive or “put the thought in their mind”. I learned very quickly that there are stages of progression and IF a person has a plan, access to fulfill the plan or has attempted before; asking the tough questions can make ALL the difference. 

Will you #BeThe1To?

 

If you or a loved one are suicidal or in crisis, PLEASE know that you matter and are not alone! If you need someone to talk to, don’t be afraid to reach out to the resources below!
The National Suicide Hotline 

800-273-TALK (Veterans Press 1)
The Trevor Project (LGBT Community) 866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline (Transgendered Community) 877-565-8860
Crisis Text: Text HOTLINE to 741741
Honored to raise awareness…💛e
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I have a better appreciation for storm clouds passing and tornado sirens ending, now that I live in a region where that’s the new norm for me. I intentionally never speak of the region in which I live and often refer to the East Coast and more specifically Brooklyn NY; because that’s where my heart is. It’s where I was born and raised. It’s home. 

Life…”, as I find myself repeating here of late quite a bit, “…has a way of leveling the playing field“. There are times however, where we wished we were not the survivors left to tell the stories or the testimonies of that which we have survived. 

Just ask anyone in therapy for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or anyone dealing with Survivors Guilt after the fire that consumed property and loved ones. Maybe you have to look no further than your mirror to find someone who regrets living to tell the tale. 

Love, matters of the heart, relationships gone awry and temptation can bring out the best and worst in us. Forcing us to dig deep and pull on survivor skills we never knew were deeply embedded. The tragedy however, can include our never wanting to be the “poster child” for that manner of victory. 

After

After the tornado sirens have subsided and the storm clouds have passed and the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared and you’re left with remains and remnants; you will see a new version of you. 

Don’t be afraid of the sound of your new voice when you hear it. Just be determined to fight for its existence and its preservation as hard as you fought for the preservation of others. 

Love you to life and on purpose🌹e

P.S. If you’re having a hard time coping, that’s totally normal. Everyone has a different threshold of pain. Things on the news can serve as a trigger as well as pleasant conversation overheard at a restaurant. Don’t be so hard on yourself…there are people you can talk to. 

Here are a few resources below:

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 1-800-273-8255

http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html

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Dear Beloved,

How are you. No. Really. How are you? I’m writing because you told me not to call the house anymore. That it wasn’t safe. And this random P.O. Box that you’re using in an unfamiliar zip code, says more than any word you’ve not spoken. Word on the street is “love shouldn’t hurt” but I’m not sure you heard. 

When the bruises faded, the wounds were still visible. How you flinched when certain color cars drove past us on the way to lunch. I saw what you didn’t want me to see and noticed what you covered. 

I give you more than that broken wrist could ever hold, even when it’s made whole. I give you prayers of love and light. Prayers of love gone right. Prayers of love without fright. Prayers of a love that doesn’t hurt tonight.

Here when you’re ready,

💞e

  

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