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Hope in The Dark

Bipolar

Hope in The Dark

No matter what, there is always hope. When I was seven years old my dad lost his job. Mom’s salary as a teacher would have been good enough to scrape...

Apr 3, 2018

A manic episode

I was diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder at age 15, and have been struggling with the illness for the last 30 years.  I have been hospitalized on a number...

Aug 29, 2017

Finding the grey

I can see the difference in how I treat others and how I treat myself. I would do everything within my power and ability to help them through what...

May 23, 2017

The recovery I needed

I grew up watching my mother battle Bipolar (I) Disorder.  It was a scary and confusing experience when she would cycle into a manic moment and then plummet into...

Feb 22, 2017

Patching the hole

This morning, my mom sent me a picture of her latest home renovation project – patching the massive hole in the hallway outside my room. “On to bigger and...

Feb 16, 2017

Not who we are

As a kid, I grew up in a household where comedy was king. My father was a real life Foghorn Leghorn and my brother and I were the baby chicken...

Oct 26, 2016

My current fight: For long term care

So you'll have to read my first blog post for this one to make sense.  I'm kind of devastated right now, but I...

Sep 9, 2016

I Shouldn’t Be Here

How my friend ended up in the mental ward. I walk past the receptionist who told me what room number my friend Matt is going to be residing in for...

Aug 31, 2016

Spilt Milk: Episode 14

A flashback to the day I interviewed for my current job, and why I choose to disclose my mental illness during the interview process.

Aug 25, 2016

Still fighting

Hi!  My name is Marianne and I have Bipolar Affective Disorder Type 1 with ongoing depression.  Over the years, I have tried many medications and even went so far...

Aug 19, 2016

Leannesblog: Episode 2

In which I discuss cheese-filled pasta and the importance of hauling your ass out of bed.

Aug 18, 2016

Spilt Milk: Episode 13

An episode in which I get pretty real about what it's like to be hospitalized, and how it doesn't have to be the worst thing ever. The worst thing...

Aug 2, 2016