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For anyone who has ever lost someone they love

 In times of doubt and times of pain, When it feels the sky is pouring rain. Remember there is a lining beyond the sky, Even when we are forced to say goodbye. In the end, I truly think we just fall asleep. No more reasons for us to ache and weep. It pains our friends when we say goodbye, But eventually we ease and no longer cry. No matter what our views, we all do know, To the winds of the sky we naturally go. To live a good life, blessed if it is long, Cherishing our time, while we belong. My dear friend, how I do empathize so, For events of the future we just don't know. Remind yourself to smile and know I am here, For a shoulder, a hug, when you shed a tear. XO Andrea

I am Putting A Call out for Bipolar Babe Recruits!!

Now this is a fierce and impressive lil super hero!  I somehow started calling her ‘Depressed Diva’ as Bipolar Babe needs companions in her fight against stigma.  Diva never even knew me and upon hearing about my project, she instantly jumped on board without any questions, concerns or hesitation and she has created our wonderful babe website!  She spoke of flash, HTML ,and photo editing among numerous other things that make lil sense to me and this girl has really revealed her talent and flair.  Can you believe she never took one training class and simply learned by trial and error at home!!!  She is moving on to an amazing place in her life and she has started her own internet company named ‘Polarity Website Design and Solutions’.  The amount of work this girl put into our ‘baby’ is amazing and she did so to carry the cause forward-to create a world of acceptance and understanding.  I guess after speaking with Diva for over 2 hours tonight, I feel inspired and grateful for having created Bipolar Babe as it was the catalyst for our friendship.  Diva is one of many awesome team members and we are recruiting more!  Bipolar Babe does not designate a role for you but I encourages you to use your skills and abilities and bring your ideas to the project!  Speaking of ideas, next BLOG I will tell you how ‘Bipolar Babe’ got her name!  Hope to hear from you! xo

Like a Movie in Your Head, 'PLAY it Forward'!

Last night I was told that my mother had been admitted to the psychiatric ward.  My initial feeling was worry and concern, but promptly I was reassured by my step-father’s presence that she is in good hands.  A few hours had past and I started to feel very intense emotions such as fear, hurt, isolation and confusion.  I attempted to sleep but I was experiencing intense anxiety.  I was tossing and turning, and eventually crying until through the very late hours of the night.  I rose the next morning with very little sleep feeling haggard and weak.  I stayed home from work today and my Manager suggested calling my psychiatric nurse for support.  Daphne was definitely the right person to call.  As I sobbed and expressed my concern for my mother she offered some very helpful advice that I wanted to share with you.  I realized that my feelings of fear and despair were ignited by my own experience about my former hospitalization.  I feared hopelessness and despair were washing over my mother as they did me and having her hospitalized brought me back to a painful place in my past. 

The way we remember our lives is like a ‘movie’ playing frame by frame in our head, moment by moment, and it seems my movie got stuck on one frame which was the part about being in a psych ward.  Daphne advised me to ‘PLAY’ the movie forward in my mind as being focused on one frame caused me great distress and despair.  Thank you Daphne for this little tidbit of advice that has eased my anxiety and from speaking with my mother, who is sounds like herself again, is taking the experience in stride.  I actually know it is very different than my own.  Most importantly, I have pressed play on the DVD player and have watched the rest of the movie on what happened after the hospitalization up until this very moment.  In doing this, I realize how far I have come and how good it feels to know it was only a frame in my movie that I was temporarily stuck on.  I have ‘played’ it forward and I have Daphne to thank for this, so thanks so much!  I love you mom and stay strong!

Much hugs,

BIPOLARBABE  

WELCOME TO BIPOLAR BABE! A BABE IS BORN on May 14, 2009!

This is Andrea, AKA Bipolar Babe, and I want to thank you for taking the time to check out the new site! I believe some people might be shy at first, but once we get this conversation rolling we are gonna kick some serious stigma butt! Please have a look around the site and come back to the blog and let me know what you think, and feel free to post items related to mental illness. Comments, questions, observations, criticisms, etc. We plan to have a chat forum coming soon to further encourage a stigma free conversation about mental illnesses! We just launched so we will be tweaking the site as our wonderful site 'Diva Danielle' continues to do her flash magic.  If you have suggestions please e-mail: [email protected]  This site will be monitored and updated on an ongoing basis, so please visit often. Thank you *sniff* to all of those that made this dream possible…you know who you are.  Most of all thank YOU to all the young people for sharing and listening.  So come on!  Let's get blogging!  Much Hugs!  🙂