It is Friday, October 11th which is National Coming Out Day, which also means today is the two year anniversary of the bipolar curious blog!
When I started this blog two years ago, I was fed up with beating around the bush and living in fear of the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Now that I’ve “come out” as a bisexual woman living with bipolar disorder, there have been a lot of changes in my life, and most have been for the better.
I’ve encountered an amazing amount of acceptance from family, friends, and strangers, made connections with people I never expected to have anything in common with, and learned a lot about myself.
In the last year in particular I’ve been certified in the ASIST suicide prevention training model and received a certificate from the NAMI peer to peer class. Though I haven’t been working, I’ve tried several new medications (none of which have worked out) and am ten months through applying for SSDI.
Most importantly, I’ve been grateful, impressed, and motivated by the people who have come to this blog to explore topics about mental illness by leaving comments or simply by reading. I know I have had a rather difficult time being able to respond to the number of comments I get on the blog, but I do read every one. I also try very hard to respond to every email I get, but I want to thank your patience and understanding around this issue.
I am someone who has trouble focusing my attention on one project for very long, so I am taking a lot of personal pride in the fact that I’ve kept this blog alive for two years. Blogging has been challenging, but definitely rewarding as well, so here are some high hopes to year three.