About Me

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My name is Leslie Wells and I have been mentally ill most of my life.  The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder started after I was raped at age five.  I was also sexually abused as a child by my step-grandfather.  I was sixteen when I joined a Christian cult.  I stayed in this church for twenty-eight-years.  I stayed in a crazy, abusive marriage for twenty-two-years.  I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and a few personality disorders.

But the abuse and mental illnesses are not the main elements of my story.  I have a wonderful twenty-three-year old daughter.  I am so proud of her as she works hard to follow her dream of getting a fine arts degree in ceramics.  I also have many loving relationships with family and friends.

And I have my creativity.  I’m doing the final edit—finally!—on my memoir, Unsafe: God, Sex, and Growing Up.  I am also writing the first draft of a novel.  I have my constant companion, my journal.  And the poetry I write.  I’ve been making collages for fifteen years.  I find out what other parts of my mind want my conscious mind to know as I place the images on the paper.  Not only do they speak to me, my collages seem to speak to others, as well.

I don’t ask myself where I would be without my creativity.  The answer isn’t pretty and the question is hypothetical–so why waste energy on it?  Is the question is hypothetical for you?  If it isn’t, I hope Creative and Mentally Ill can play a role in changing that.

Thank you!

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