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The Gift And The Curse

A short(ish) examination of living with, dealing with and sometimes not dealing with being bipolar.

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Thanks for reading this. Maybe you live with bipolar or know and love someone that does. Either of those things can be a challenge. Heaven knows my experience proves that. Like diabetes or a broken leg, bipolar is a medical issue. It's not a moral issue. We are not bad people. Also like diabetes or a broken leg, it won't be cured overnight. Remember one thing - none of us is ever alone and it does get better.

Denial Isn't Just a River In Egypt...It's An Ocean.

For years and years, I knew deep inside something wasn't right. For years and years people told me something wasn't right. But they were wrong. I was wrong, too. It was my natural exuberance. It was my charismatic personality. Everyone was jealous of what I had and who I was. "Haters gonna hate." I'd say. But I felt and thought the opposite of what I tried to be. Things would be "better" if I had a "better" job or a "better" house or a "better" husband or a "better" [insert person/place/thing] here. It wasn't the gallons of alcohol I consumed weekly. It wasn't the line of cocaine I started my morning with. If you were raised the way I was raised, you'd be like I was, too. If you had the job/car/husband/house/life I had, you'd be like I was, too.
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For years and years, I knew deep inside something wasn't right. For years and years people told me something wasn't right. But they were wrong. I was wrong, too. It was my natural exuberance. It was my charismatic personality. Everyone was jealous of what I had and who I was. "Haters gonna hate." I'd say. But I felt and thought the opposite of what I tried to be. Things would be "better" if I had a "better" job or a "better" house or a "better" husband or a "better" [insert person/place/thing] here. It wasn't the gallons of alcohol I consumed weekly. It wasn't the line of cocaine I started my morning with. If you were raised the way I was raised, you'd be like I was, too. If you had the job/car/husband/house/life I had, you'd be like I was, too.

Bipolar Folks Have Many Different Moods...

There Are The Highs...

There Are The Lows...

Then There Are The Times You Feel Nothing At All

Oh Yes...Then There Are The Panic Attacks.

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We Have Incredible Creative Energy That Allows Us To Do The Impossible

Of Course Then There Is The Mesmerizing Sexiness

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Sometimes We May Act Out...

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By lashing out at innocent friends and family.

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Or buying all the shoes.

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Or by isolating.

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Or by eating all the foodz.

But Really We Are Just Like You

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We like to have fun.

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We live, love and laugh.

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We're your friends.

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We're your family.

We Just Need A Little Help Sometimes, That's All.

So Please Remember...

You are important...

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You are not alone...

People Are Standing By To Help.

Click Ernestine for lots of contact info for orgs that specialize in helping folks live and thrive with bipolar.
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Click Ernestine for lots of contact info for orgs that specialize in helping folks live and thrive with bipolar.

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