The Rat Diaries

My name is Alyssa; here I will share my photos and ramblings of my new ratty adventures! Hope you enjoy!

Robin Williams didn’t die form suicide. I only just heard the sad, sad news of Robin Williams’s death. My wife sent me a message to tell me he had died, and, when I asked her what he died from, she told me something that nobody in the news seems to be talking about.

When people die from cancer, their cause of death can be various horrible things – seizure, stroke, pneumonia – and when someone dies after battling cancer, and people ask “How did they die?”, you never hear anyone say “pulmonary embolism”, the answer is always “cancer”. A Pulmonary Embolism can be the final cause of death with some cancers, but when a friend of mine died from cancer, he died from cancer. That was it. And when I asked my wife what Robin Williams died from, she, very wisely, replied “Depression”.

The word “suicide” gives many people the impression that “it was his own decision,” or “he chose to die, whereas most people with cancer fight to live.” And, because Depression is still such a misunderstood condition, you can hardly blame people for not really understanding. Just a quick search on Twitter will show how many people have little sympathy for those who commit suicide…

But, just as a Pulmonary Embolism is a fatal symptom of cancer, suicide is a fatal symptom of Depression. Depression is an illness, not a choice of lifestyle. You can’t just “cheer up” with depression, just as you can’t choose not to have cancer. When someone commits suicide as a result of Depression, they die from Depression – an illness that kills millions each year. It is hard to know exactly how many people actually die from Depression each year because the figures and statistics only seem to show how many people die from “suicide” each year (and you don’t necessarily have to suffer Depression to commit suicide, it’s usually just implied). But considering that one person commits suicide every 14 minutes in the US alone, we clearly need to do more to battle this illness, and the stigmas that continue to surround it. Perhaps Depression might lose some its “it was his own fault” stigma, if we start focussing on the illness, rather than the symptom. Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. He died from Depression*. It wasn’t his choice to suffer that.

I can’t hate on her though, because she is such a sweetie with her kisses.

Molly is pretty pathetic. I will lift her body all the way up to my shoulder, and she will still manage to claw and scrape my skin when she gets on and off.

slayboybunny:

HAVE YALL TAKEN THE TIME TO APPRECIATE THE AMAZING DUGONG, 
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THE ONLY OTHER NONEXTINCT ANIMAL IN THE SIRENIA AKA SEA COW FAMILY BESIDES MANATEE ?
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it is like a smaller smoother manatee…

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but with a DOLPHIN TAIL,
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and a SPACESHIP VACUUM MOUTH

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DUGONG!!
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(via thecutestofthecute)

studentlifenetwork:

Canada’s Luckiest Student 3 has officially launched. Since it’s the third time around, we’re starting with three awesome prizes that will have one Canadian student thanking their lucky stars. Check them out: http://canadasluckieststudent.com .Prizes are coming fast and furious, so keep an eye on your inbox. As always, it’s the prize that just keeps getting better.

studentlifenetwork:

Canada’s Luckiest Student 3 has officially launched. Since it’s the third time around, we’re starting with three awesome prizes that will have one Canadian student thanking their lucky stars. 

Check them out: http://canadasluckieststudent.com .

Prizes are coming fast and furious, so keep an eye on your inbox. As always, it’s the prize that just keeps getting better.

SURPRISE! I got tattoos for my birthday, and they are paw prints for all of my fur babies. The kitty prints for my three cats that I have/had, and ratty prints for Molly and Delilah. I took their actual prints, using a stamp pad - the outermost is Delilah’s print, and the innermost, Molly’s.