I got an email from a reader the other day who happens to have a lot in common with my occasional bouts of crazy. She told me she started reading my blog when I posted “The Overdose“, the post I read at the Community Keynote at BlogHer ’08. She is currently treading some heavy waters with depression.

This is what she said:

…And then there’s this: I guess I just wanted to say … um … thanks for posting that picture. Because right now, and in the past year or so, I really haven’t been able to begin to believe that one day…I might want to get up and dance. But there you are, and you’re dancing, and you’re rocking out. And it made me smile.

So thanks.

Miss A, these are for you.
Me dancin' courtesy of Jennster
Me dancin' courtesy of Jennster

My prayers are with you, and with anyone else who may be hurting.



  1. Thanks. Just thanks for showing recovery can happen.

    A Whole Lot of Nothings last blog post..List O’ Crap I Like

  2. This post just struck me.

    I have been going around reading all the BlogHer’08 posts and am sad that I didn’t get the chance to dance. Because, see right there, next to you, that’s where my bootie would have been shaking.

    Great blog, mooshy in indy. 🙂

    Secret Agent Mamas last blog post..Silly Monkey Updates

  3. Oh, Moosh. I didn’t get there till Saturday and had heard about your reading but didn’t know it was you!

    You are so brave to get up there show your vulerability.

    It was wonderful to meet you and hang out a bit at BlogHer. And I’m off to find your Oatmeal creme brule recipe RIGHT NOW!

  4. Oops… I mean vulnerability. I don’t know what that other word means!

  5. I missed TWO dancing sessions? WTH?

    Once again- You are amazing. I’m really, truly, so glad I got to meet you and become your friend.

    AMomTwoBoyss last blog post..Sometimes Life Gets In The Way

  6. You are such a good, lovely person. Thank you for this post, which makes it so clear the real reason BlogHer matters: because the power of “I’ve been there too” can change lives.

    MommyTimes last blog post..Sometimes, You Can Be Too Creative

  7. I danced before you arrived: you did so as I was leaving. If I hadn’t been, I would have danced with you. The whole corny butt bump and all.

    Marias last blog post..Stop Hatin’.

  8. You are always so sweet and positive. You really were a positive force at blogher. I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to dance more with you girls at Macy’s.

    Shannanb aka Mommy Bitss last blog post..Why BlogHer Was So Special

  9. Stefanie of Baby on Bored wrote about meeting you: http://babyonbored.blogspot.com/2008/07/my-lost-weekend.html

    ps Remember what I gave you about what you are!

  10. I bummed I missed BlogHer and your keynote, but from what I can gauge thanks to the Internets, you were amazing =)

    Camels & Chocolates last blog post..Oh, Canada

  11. I read your “Overdose” post months and months ago. And like Miss A, I too find inspiration from your story as I struggle through my own dark days knowing that someday soon, “this too shall pass.”

    LOVE the revamped hairdo by the way! VERY flattering.

    Danielles last blog post..Shaky Ground

  12. You are the awesomest! And after reading your BlogHer recap, and Bossy’s and Loralee’s and everyone else’s I want to be right there with you dancing my sorry, sad-sack ass next year!

    Jills last blog post..RIP Estelle Getty

  13. I’m sad to have missed your reading at BlogHer. That was quite a powerful post from quite a powerful woman.

    nanettes last blog post..So You Think You Can Blog, Blog, Blog, Blog

  14. now i feel bad for not dancing…(but i have a good reason. my dancing scares innocent people)

    alis last blog post..i will never learn…and i suffer from the wonk-eye

  15. What a wonderful comment. I hope that one day, she will dance too.

  16. mine wasn’t due to pregnancy. i was diagnosed bi-polar in the last year. i checked myself in before i did anything. but only because i didn’t know how i would explain doing something to my monkey.

    now i dance too. i don’t always take my medication (it’s been making me sick) but surprisingly i don’t feel like i’m slipping. either way. now i dance because i’m happy. now i dance to keep me happy. now I dance to keep me here.

    thanks. it’s good to be reminded we’re not alone. 🙂

    zeghsys last blog post..happy birthday!

  17. Adorable! But wait a minute; is that how everybody dresses at BlogHer? I’d have to buy a whole new wardrobe! (Yea!)

    Half-Past Kissin’ Times last blog post..Almost-Wordless Wednesday

  18. Wow! This all sounds so familiar… I know there was a time before when I didn’t think the sun would ever shine again in my life. There was a time when I thought, when will it ever get better?

    I remember what it’s like to think you won’t ever dance again and all I can say is, hold on, ’cause it happens… and then WOW… is it ever grand!

    Thanks again, oh “Mooshinindy” for reminding everyone that, there’s a way out and dancing is where it’s at (or at least, I think so!).

    Crazyville is really not so bad, once you get used to the bumps, no?

    Cecis last blog post..High

  19. You’s perty, and you dance real perty too!

    Kims last blog post..Sometimes I wonder…

  20. awesome. you may not remember me, but i’m the one that screamed in your face talking about how i was the one with charcoal stains and cut-up arms two years ago. and yeah, even though most days i am “better” too, it’s always good to see others doing well. it gives hope. so i’ll say thanks also.

    Laras last blog post..BlogHer08: Cheers and Jeers

  21. Miss A, where do you live so I can send you some dancing shoes? Dancing shoes (or being with Casey when she’s wearing my dancing shoes) have pulled me out of the depths many times.

    Heathers last blog post..In The Face of Fear, True Beauty

  22. miss a. says:

    and now I will kiss you all. thanks, Casey. let’s all dance together someday.

  23. I’m proud of you.
    I haven’t met you and I wasn’t at Blogher but you move people with your story. You’ve touched lives and inspire others.

    Keep dancin’

    crookedeyebrows last blog post..He rocked.

  24. I want to go next year! I’ll be right next to you dancing! You’re such a sweetheart!

    Loris last blog post..People are Like Onions (or Parfaits)

  25. Depression is never easy. I’ve been dealing with it for 11 years. I applaud those brave enough to talk about it.

    But the sun always comes and with it the dancing.

  26. casey, i *heart* you!!!

    biddys last blog post..picture it…sicily…1923

  27. wow- i’ve been reading your blog for only a few weeks, and haven’t read any of the archives…but after today’s post, i went and read that post you are so brave, today’s post by you could not have come at a better time for me. so thank you.

    Jills last blog post..No veggies go to waste in our house!

  28. I just finished reading your archives (yes, all of them. And yes, I don’t do a lot at work…) and I’m so glad I found you. You say what I think.
    Ok, this is getting a little weird. Anyway, hi!

    Coris last blog post..countdown. 3 1/2 days

  29. When you are suffering it’s so easy to forget how much joy there is in life. But there is – I can see it on your face in those pictures. Thanks.

    Don Mills Divas last blog post..Mommy blogging: a facking radical act

  30. This is the first post I’ve ever read of yours, and it left me with chills.

    God I know that feeling, like you will never dance again.

    And I know too, that fervent prayer, that THEY will know joy again too someday.

    Miss Britts last blog post..So… we’re going to talk about abortion

  31. That last picture in particular… gets me.
    I was at BH during the community keynote and I think I was on my feet before you were actually even through reading.
    Your story isn’t my story at all, not even sure why it resonates so much with me. Guess I just have a thing for survivors.
    (And aren’t we all?!)

  32. I’m recovering too and found you from the same post. THANKS BIG THANKS!!! for the pictures!!! Hopes springs eternal.

  33. Enjoy that!

    I’ll be back when all the blogher talk dies down, sniff, sniff…

    I need to start saving for next year…

    good&crazys last blog post..Picture Prose Update

  34. great hair, by the way =)

    you’re not even dancing on a dance floor, are you?

    that’s awesome.

  35. beautiful posts.

  36. Way to show that blogging is more than just verbal explosions. You can have a real impact on people and be part of the moment when they realize they’re not alone. That rocks and you rock for the raw honesty it takes to throw it out there. HERO!

  37. You frigging rock. That’s all I have to say.

    manager moms last blog post..I’ve Had The Time Of My Life

  38. You are an inspiration. I refer struggling (with depression or blues)young mothers I know to several of your posts all the time. I also love these examples that a girl can go out and have an uninhibited good time without mind altering substances! I’m so glad I found your blog. Even if I still can’t remember your daughter isn’t Mewsh but Mush like push! Love ya anyway.

    Erins last blog post..DSC01377

  39. You go, girl, shake it! I love the dancing photos, but what I love more than that is the snipper from Miss A’s email. Hang in there, Miss A.

    Rheas last blog post..Splashtown Continued.

  40. Casey, you are so awesome and I’m so glad you bought the coat! It looked unbelievable on you! And, again, sorry about saying you were hilarious. As you saw from my blog, I was and still am mortified.

    stefanies last blog post..Everyone Wants To Be Famous

  41. I love this post!

    I love that last pic!

    Lovin’ you a little bit more…

    Kelleys last blog post..Another post where I talk about ****.

  42. Inspiring.

    Amandas last blog post..Forever 5:34

  43. OK, I’ve lurked for awhile, and it’s not that I haven’t found anything else to comment on, but this really struck a chord with me.

    I’ve been there, and although I dance again, the steps have forever been altered and it’s ok, because I never want to totally forget.

  44. It’s good to know that even when things aren’t going well that there is hope that I’ll be able to dance again. Thanks for posting this inspiration. For letting me know that it’ll be ok and things get better. Thank you for giving me hope.

  45. LOVE the pictures!

    Mrs. Wilsons last blog post..Duty

  46. Love it. You look fabulous! Was this before or after you snagged that beautiful coat?

    merlotmoms last blog post..Give Me The Grateful Life – Monday


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