Bipolar Hot Mess

Patient Leader

When I was diagnosed with bipolar in 2006, my world came crashing down. I didn’t know anything about it and research showed very little first person accounts. Then I found Ask A Bipolar. A website where all submitted questions are answered by someone with bipolar. Finally! Some answers. Very shortly in, I found myself a home there, became a partner and then started my own website. I wanted to give others what I had been searching for in a different format than Ask A Bipolar, but still wrote for them. While my career tanked, my marriage collapsed, and I have remained on disability due to my bipolar and my chronic pain from my back surgery, I continued to blog on as the Bipolar Hot Mess in as many ways as possible. Guest posts, interviews, being published in books, being the COO of a bipolar non profit even. I’ve used my site to show the community the realities of the illness, that there are ups and downs, and the downs can be bad, but you can always come back up from them. It isn’t the end and everyone who follows the site is there to support you on your journey if you want them to. I’ve talked about my hospitalizations, I’ve talked about my divorce, and I’ve always made it a point to talk open and honest about my struggles and not sugar coat it because I want everyone to know that their hard struggles are also happening to people like me too. That is apparently what most people have told me is what they like most about me and my blog and what I stand for. I can sit here and write yet another version of my story, but I feel that the Why I did it and Why I chose to do it the way I did are far more important because that is the way that I was helping people and that’s what health activists are. It’s how we deliver the message that we have to those that need it most and that’s how I, Christina Huff, deliver support, encouragement, advice, humor, and whatever my followers may need.

Location

Elmwood Park, IL

Nominations

Best in Show: Facebook Advocating for Another Best in Show: Instagram Best in Show: Blog

Christina embraces her reality with honesty and intelligence. She's an amazing voice and works hard to improve her community. Go Bipolar Hot Mess!  — Leah

Christina is one of the greatest brain pain/health experts I know. She’s got character, compassion, kindness m, and care for every single person she reaches through her incredible blog, socials, and hard works. Her mission is simple to give back to others and alter their lives forever. Her gift is with the spoken and written word. She is amazing!  — Kevin

Past Awards Participation

2018 WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Best Kept Secret Lifetime Achievement Best in Show: Community Healthcare Collaborator: Company

Finalist

Best in Show: Facebook

Fourth Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

Best in Show: Facebook Best in Show: Blog

Fifth Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

Advocating for Another Best Kept Secret Best in Show: Blog Health Activist Hero Best in Show: Twitter

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Best in Show: Twitter
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