Diagnosed With A Mental Illness After the Wedding Vows – The 10 year Anniversary edition

Today,  my husband Kevin and I celebrate our 10th year of marriage! We met at a local bar on New Year’s Eve 2003, so it was only fitting to be having dinner there tonight with our 3 kids, where it all began 13 years ago.

When we first met, I had only recently turned 23. I had graduated from college that Spring and was working at, what I thought at the time was, my dream job as a Program… Continue reading

Guest Blog Post: Alicia Madsen: It’s more than just weight loss

These photos are worth more to me than just weight loss. I have dumped a lot over the pathway of weight loss. I have dumped self hate. I had so much hate it threw my Bio Polar disorder into a deep and dark depression and I began cutting. I have been clean from cutting for 7 years now. I have gone from a women that wouldn’t take a picture to someone that takes them all the time. I have dumped… Continue reading

Guest Post: “I am not ashamed, I’m a survivor!” By Hannah Mills

I have a chronic incurable disease. This disease can seem like it’s in remission, then seize me leaving me incapacitated, completely helpless and hopeless.

If I suffered from …say… epilepsy and ended up in the hospital, there would be an outpouring of community support. I would be sent cards, my parents would be made dinners and offered support. People would talk about how unfair it is I have to face such a torturing disease.

I have bipolar. Do you… Continue reading

Mental Health America 2015 Annual Conference: Intervention and Innovation (Part II)

A friend gave me a copy of Glennon Doyle Melton’s book “Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life” in the fall of 2013 and I read it in just a couple of days. The book spoke to me in many ways and let’s be honest, the way Glennon writes is exactly how she talks and you can’t help but read or listen more!

It was actually because of Glennon’s name on the agenda that… Continue reading

The “Runners High” vs Bipolar Mania

(Originally written part of “This Is My Brave – Running4Brave” blog series where I documented my 12 week training plan for my first half-marathon)

Runners High

runner’s high (Merriam – Webster) noun; a feeling of euphoria that is experienced by some individuals engaged in strenuous running and that is held to be associated with a release of endorphin’s by the brain.

Over the last year, friends have been telling me I could run and complete a half marathon.… Continue reading

“I am going public!”

(First public blog written in August 2014)

I have Bipolar disorder. Wow, I wrote that. It still is kind of weird to now have a name for the mental illness that rocked my world for the last four years, and as I reflect back, many years even before that. Notice, I didn’t say “I AM Bi-Polar” for that, I am not. If you have a broken leg you don’t say “I AM a broken leg.” I am… Continue reading