Mental illness, stigma, and 40 years with a severe form of Bipolar Disorder has taught me a lot. So has being a suicide, trauma, & bullying survivor. Life has very rough at times, and I've tried just about everything over the years, but ignoring my illness led to its rapid progression & some devastating consequences. The INCREDIBLE news for me however, was that I was able to learn to successfully manage my illness, maintain stability (8 years strong!), repair relationships, rebuild my life, and get back my sense of self-worth back. Feels like a miracle, not only to me, but to family, friends & doctors - which led me to becoming a Certified Peer Support Specialist.
I pay my gratitude forward advocating for mental health & share my knowledge, experiences, resources with others facing this challenging illness as well as their loved ones.
A happy life is possible. I'm living proof.