**Disclaimer: The opinions on this website and in my blog are just from our personal experiences. I am not a professional mental health worker nor a medical doctor; I am just someone who has some personal experience with Bipolar Disorder and it's various effects on my family and myself.**
Hello again! A little bit about myself. I was the one diagnosed with late onset Bipolar Disorder II, in March 2010, just after my 41st birthday.
I am 48 yrs old and a proud mom of 2 beautiful daughters (inside and out), ages 23 and 21. I was an "empty-nester" but my darlings have moved back home to pay off their post-secondary school debts. Yay I got them back for a bit :) I have been married (second-time-around) to a warm, wonderful, and supportive man for 7 yrs.
I have a diploma as a Developmental Service Worker (DSW) with which I worked, over an 18 year period, in various capacities, from a Personal Support Worker (PSW) in an institution, a respite worker, and many years within the school boards teaching children and youth with learning and developmental delays (mainly those under the Autism Spectrum Umbrella). Who knew that later in my life, after teaching those with learning delay their owns strategies for completing tasks, focusing, reading, etc., would I be using these same strategies on myself!
Later in my life, after volunteering with a local fire department, I decided to change careers, and obtained 3 additional diplomas as a Fire Prevention Officer, Public Educator III, and Fire Inspector II.
I have always been a lifelong learner, and continue to do so, each and every day. Over the past 6 years, my learning has been about Bipolar Disorder!
I am currently on long term disability, which I will explain in one of my upcoming posts, but I have not, will not, give up my personal fight to return to work!
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