Lauren Kocher

Patient Leader

In 2002, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I was just 16 at the time. I had struggled to find my place in the world believing I was defined by my disorder. Then one day I decided to stop living by the world's view of what someone with mental illness was like. i started to begin to live my life how i wanted it to be seen. Now a mother of two beautiful boys and a wife of a loving husband, I wanted to chronicle my journey. I will admit everyday is a struggle.However, if one person benefits from my words then it worth writing. What has started as a way to cope has blossomed into a fight to change the view of the world.

Past Awards Participation

Fourth Annual Health Activist Awards


Rookie of the Year

Fifth Annual Health Activist Awards


Health Activist Hero

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards


Best in Show: Facebook Patient Leader Hero
Lauren Kocher

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