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Bipolar

Proof of hope

I was born in 1980. My struggles with mental illness began when I was four years old. I started sticking myself with sewing needles and slamming my head against...

May 9, 2019

Panic over manic

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder about 35 years ago. I have been able to manage it with a small amount of medication and psychiatric support. I was very proud...

Mar 6, 2019

Comfort in a lonely time

I write to share a recent experience which shows how strong the mental health stigma continues to be, even in a national medical...

Feb 20, 2019

The Diagnosis

In January of 2018, I was diagnosed with having the Bipolar 2 disorder for mental illness. To say my life has drastically changed since then would be huge understatement....

Jan 23, 2019

What goes up, must come down

As I sit here about to write my story I start to think -- how did it all happen? I was always a...

Sep 5, 2018

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