I now have 100 followers. It has taken me a year and have to get to a hundred followers as well as a lot of hard work. A lot of hard work because I had to put a great deal of time and effort into blogging. It may take time and effort into blogging but I love it. I love being able to share more story to not only educate people living without a mental illness but to be an example of what recovery looks like to those who are struggling with a mental illness.

The one thing that was unexpected about me starting my blog  was on how much it is helping me with my recovery. It is a well appreciated unexpected bonus of blogging. Blogging about my recovery and what I have gone through on the daily basis living with a mental illness has been quite therapeutic. I am sure many who blog about mental illness agree that is it therapeutic for them.

Another unexpected bonus was making some good friends. Some of those friends happen to live in close proximity to where I live. I am extremely grateful for the friendships I have made through blogging.

Before I go, I am grateful to all my followers just like I am grateful to all the amazing bloggers I follow. Have a great night everyone.  Sweet dreams and don’t let the bed bugs bite. Peace out!!

Writing 101: Find Your Inspiration; Day Nineteen: Feature A Guest

Good Morning!!! Today’s assignment is to feature a guest. I interviewed a fellow blogger I met in a Facebook group around the same time we both started our blogs. Here is the interview:

1)     What is your name?

Susan Zarit

2)     Why did you start blogging?

To show the positive side of having mental illness

3)     How did you come up with you blog title?

I feel like having bipolar has made me brave. Many times it has forced me to be brave, so Bravely Bipolar just seemed to fit. http://bravelybipolar.com/

4)     Does that mean you have Bipolar Disorder?

Having BD means that I view this world differently and I definitely live it differently.

5)     Do you have any other mental health diagnosis?

Anxiety Disorder, Borderline Personality Traits

6)     How did you cope when you first got diagnosed with a mental illness?

I felt relief. At least I could finally get help because I knew what was going on with me

7)     How does your family handle you having a mental illness?

That’s tricky. They’ve learned to cope with it. They are very supportive, but suppose they’ve grown tired of the constant ups and downs. I can’t blame them. I’m exhausted. They love me as best they can and we manage to get through it one day at a time.

8)     How do you advocate for yourself and others who have a mental illness?

I work a lot with Congress and local legislators. I educate every chance I get in schools, police depts., hospitals…anywhere

9)     What is one thing you wish people knew about struggling with a mental illness?

We, who live with mental illness, are just like everyone else. We deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. Remember: the brain is an organ just like the heart or lungs. So treat our illnesses like you would someone with heart disease or lung cancer, etc.

10)   Final Question: If there are benefits to having a mental illness, what are they?

Having mental illness has opened just as many doors as it has closed. It has given me empathy for my fellow man than I ever thought possible. I have the courage to stand up for myself and my convictions. I am definitely stronger, kinder, more courageous, more determined and I think an all around better person for having it. That’s not to say that I don’t have days that are just horrible. I do, but I’ve learned to cope. Some days I cope better than others. I’m only human, but I’ve learned so much from having these illnesses and I wouldn’t want to give up those experiences.

I would like to thank my friend Susan over at: http://bravelybipolar.com/ for agreeing to this interview. Over the last year and half plus, she has become a valuable friend to me. I can only hope that I am as good as friend to her and everyone else as she is to me. I hope that you have learned a little something about a fellow blogger. Have a wonderful day. Peace Out!!!