Dancing with Bipolar Disorder

Posted: July 28, 2014 in Crazy Life of Mine
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I have bipolar disorder. There I’ve said it. I’m done caring if people know about it. It’s not who I am but it is part of my kind of complicated and interesting life.

Writing about my adventures with bipolar disorder helps me. Perhaps it can also serve to illuminate mental health and maybe, just maybe, someone can take hope in the fact they are not alone.

Friday night I went to dinner with a work friend and was telling her a little bit about my life. She said something like “that’s really hard.” I just said “well it’s my normal. It just is.” I then went on to tell her that if not for my relationship with God I would be dead right now.

People who have bipolar disorder don’t have the plague. They are moms, dad’s, kids, the next door neighbor, a lady at church, your teacher. Used to be called manic depression it still carries such a stigma. Why if you are made differently than others do you have to battle stigma?

I am a woman, a mother, a professional, a Christian, a sister, a daughter, a PERSON.

Yes I struggle in ways that you might not imagine and I can’t fully describe but it’s just a part of the whole, certainly not the defining part.

Fearfully and wonderfully made

My favorite Bible Verse. Do I totally appreciate the way I’m made? It’s a journey and I’m further toward that than I used to be for sure.

I do long for Heaven when I will no longer be stuck inside this broken body. Until then I dance and sometimes cry through this crazy life I have having bipolar disorder!

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