Hello! I’m 46 years old and have been married for 18 years. When I was 19, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Over the years, my diagnosis has changed to add borderline personality disorder and agoraphobia. I am also in recovery for self injury. I have been free of that for 6 years. In 2013, I attempted suicide and ended up in the hospital. I was committed by the state to a horrible facility. When I got out, I turned to one of my first loves, writing. I had always dreamt of being an author, but suffered with writers block for years. I came up with the idea to start a blog. Initially, it was just for myself and my husband, but I made it public after a short time. I was amazed by all of the people commenting and thanking me for telling my story. I took that as my opportunity to finally get my book published. It was released in 2015. I still have my blog and continue to post when I can. My husband and I started a podcast in 2016. It’s called Voices for Change 2.0 and it airs live on Saturday morning. We have all types of guests, primarily in the mental health field. I also created the hashtag #KeepTalkingMH which is very popular on Twitter and Instagram. It gets 20,000+ posts on Instagram daily. From time to time, I still struggle with depression and anxiety. If I’m having a bad day, I am open and honest when I share it on social media so others know they can too. I’m very happy with the direction my advocacy is headed. I hope to help more people every day.
Farmington Hills, MI
I’m a Patient Leader