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?
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!!!