By now, since the launch of our website and blog in March/2016, I hope that many of you have taken a moment to read at least one of the blogs or browsed through the resource library that I have found of value.
As I write this entry, I’ve just noticed that my launch coincides with my 6 year anniversary of my Bipolar Disorder onset. Subliminal? I wonder…
Why did we start Our Bipolar Family? Well, the primary reason was I had found the perception of mental illnesses to be very unhealthy for all of our mental well-beings. I was tired of seeing stars come forward, spend a month at a “center”, and go back to their fabulous careers. Now I’m sure some of them DO struggle, but for others, when they can afford a multi-million dollar treatment facility/spa, with the best private doctors, access to newest treatments and medications and individualized plans for wellness, it all seemed a bit unrealistic.
WE know how the story goes in real life:
In one of my BPHope magazines, there was an article entitled “My Son and Bipolar Disorder. Where is My Casserole?” I will give you a moment to read and then come back to see me…There, now doesn’t that just sum it up nicely! Sadly it’s true. If someone mentions they have the Big C and they receive flowers, cards, and casseroles, but for us, with Mental Illnesses, we tend to lost everything which results in losing one more thing…our self-worth.
The second reason we started Our Bipolar Family was to have a place where individuals with Bipolar Disorder or other Mental Illnesses, their loved ones, or any person genuinely interested in learning about Mental Illnesses, could go to gain knowledge. As described on our homepage, Bipolar Disorder doesn’t just affect the individual, but impacts the family as a whole. Our family works as a “team”, has jointly become educated on Bipolar Disorder and Mental Health, and this “teamwork” contributes to the mental wellness of not only me, but all of us. That was the birth of Our Bipolar Family. We aren’t big on numbers but would much rather be content knowing that our shared perspectives on Mental Health have positively impacted a few people.
Lastly, I started blogging to exercise my weakened Bipolar brain. Building the website was difficult and my daily writing schedule is still beyond challenging. I still use paper and pencil (may always) as I make many errors and still have difficulty with word finding, spelling, and word processing. However, my family has noticed an improvement in my writing since I’ve started but I still get up around 4am to write, in total silence, when the family and pups are still slumbering, and the only noise is the ticking of the living room clock and the chicken scratch writing of lead on this journal.
Laura Marchildon will blog honest and true posts about her real life experiences.