When I opened this blog in 2013, I was sick, unable to work,
alienated from my partner, and had no confidence in myself.
I opened the blog in December of 2013 and didn’t use it for
the first four months
I didn’t know if I wanted to write about a topic as fraught
with controversy and shame as DID.
The original name for the blog was People like Me and the
graphic above was the first first header.
Below is the original introduction to People like Me:
My opinions are a synthesis of observation, reading
and personal experience.
This particular “moment” is shaped by the rage I feel
after 20 years of hearing a predatory class of undeserving
elites use the media to define what I ‘deserve’ as a citizen
of the United States.
Do I ‘deserve’ access to healthcare?
Do I ‘deserve’ food?
Do I ‘deserve’ housing?
Do I ‘deserve’ to recover from the terrible crime of having an
illness that the morally corrupt choose to treat as laziness?
That entry was briefly posted and deleted.
I renamed the blog Art by Rob Goldstein and posted
The final inspiration for this blog came from a former Kaiser
psychologist named Andy Weisskoff, LCSW who used
his blog, 90 Days to Change to challenge the inadequate
care at Kaiser’s department of psychiatry.
Reading 90 Days to Change confirmed my experience
as a patient at Kaiser’s and mobilized my anger.
My first posts were rants about the lousy behavioral health
system at Kaiser.
Fighting for yourself and learning how to use new tools and
resources to get what you need is life affirming.
I recommend it to anyone who feels immobilized and defeated.
I learned I could do everything I didn’t think I could do
I rediscovered and reclaimed my humanity by having my thoughts
and intellect affirmed by over four thousand readers.
The self is a collaborative creation.
The respect for my work that my readers bring to this blog
affirms of my worth as a person.
This is the greatest gift we can give each other.
Art by Rob Goldstein has grown as I’ve grown and it has
flourished because of the good will of those who read it.
Blogging has changed me in ways I still can’t fathom.
But, I do know that I am healthier than I was when I began.
Blogging has taught me that the next thing to do is the thing
you think you can’t do.
Thank you to everyone who reads my blog.