2 Pairs of Shoes

Since she was 17, she’s had two pairs of shoes. She’s never had the chance to choose which pair to wear or when they’d come on and off. Sometimes, no matter which pair she wears, they get so tight that they form indentations on her skin. The first pair of shoes have walked miles and…

Snap Out Of It!

Do you ever question your illness?  Blame yourself?  Think that you should be able to fight harder or that you just need to toughen up and be positive, snap out of it? I do. All of these conversations about what we should be doing to get well…they pile up and create a sense of responsibility…

Closed for Repairs

  Like the bridges we cross, occasionally we must allow time for repairs. On the journey to beautiful destinations, cracks and imperfections appear. Stop to mend the tears and expect a detour or two.     – The Owl

Security Blankets

These are things that bring me comfort while I’m depressed or things that I choose to avoid so I can continue being wrapped in my security blanket. When it gets really bad, it’s interesting how the things that can bring me comfort are the things I tend to push away. What are your Security Blankets?…

A Successful Life with Bipolar

I’m on a new mission.  At least for today.  Who knows how long this idea will last, but for today, I’m on a new mission. I want to find every person living a successful life that has bipolar. What defines success?  I guess that is different for everyone, mental illness or not. I’m looking for…

R.I.P Carrie Fisher — Just Plain Ol’ Vic

Her role as Princess Leia is iconic and has earned her a place in cinema and pop culture. However many people seem to forget that she struggled with mental illness (Bipolar Disorder) and became an advocate for those that also suffer. You will be missed but your voice will always be heard when someone is […]…

Medication Trials Part I

A little over 4 weeks ago, after much consideration, I decided to stop taking my mood stabilizers.  I discussed it with my doctor and although he didn’t encourage my decision to get off of my meds, he understood where I was coming from and coached me through the process to ensure my safety.  I’ve kept…