In October of 2005, I was a happy newlywed with a successful career. Life was great. But then one day my husband found me at home with delusional, racing thoughts (characteristic of bipolar disorder.) From my skewed perspective, life was still great – I had limitless energy, ideas flowed in a way artists only dream of – but I also tried to tip a waitress $50 for a simple meal of bacon & eggs…

Recognizing this was abnormal behavior, my husband rushed me to the local emergency room for answers. A battery of tests revealed nothing acute (hadn’t hit my head or been drugged). Still, I was clearly not myself, so the decision was made to admit me to the hospital for further evaluation.

Better health is possible, even with an ‘incurable’ hidden illness. After a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, an unrelenting desire to regain my power of reason fueled my search to find real answers. What I found may surprise you.

For the next 10 days I was observed, medicated, and counseled. When the right combination of psychotropic medication was found to stabilize my condition, I was released. As I started to ‘come to’, I learned that I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.

I felt as if my life was over; Believing that once you are diagnosed, that’s it… ‘You will be on medication for the rest of your life.’, ‘There is no cure’…

I felt as if my life was over; Believing that once you are diagnosed, that’s it… ‘You will be on medication for the rest of your life.’, ‘There is no cure’…

Finding Hope

I wasn’t satisfied with those ‘answers’. I made it a mission to educate myself, consulting with physicians, scouring Google scholarly articles, and reading any books I could get my hands on that discussed my diagnosis. Throughout this time, the encouragement of my husband and my faith in God was the support I needed to help me find my way.

What I learned had a dramatic effect on my perspective. I learned what the research showed about how our guts play a key role in our mental states, about the physiological purpose for sleep, and about how genetic variations can predispose us to disease states.

Throughout this time, the encouragement of my husband and my faith in God was the support I needed to help me find my way.

I also learned about the effects of proper nutrition, and with my doctor’s guidance and approval, one of the most significant lifestyle changes I made was deciding to avoid gluten and other foods to which I was sensitive (and would ultimately exacerbate my condition).

A Gift for You!

After successfully battling bipolar disorder naturally for over seven years, I decided to speak up to help end the stigma surrounding mental illness & help others regain their full power of reason. While everyone’s situation is unique, with the right resources and determination, better health is possible starting today.

Whether you are battling bipolar disorder or another chronic illness, this blog is my gift to you. Hang in there! Nothing ever stays the same. You have more power than you realize. Keep fighting & know that I’m fighting along with you. After each article there is a comments section to share your insights. We’re in this together!

Hang in there! Nothing ever stays the same. You have more power than you realize. Keep fighting & know that I’m fighting along with you.

And if you are helping a loved one with their battle, thank you! The support of my family & friends is invaluable to my continued success & growth. This blog is for you too. I know it isn’t easy to help someone that doesn’t always want or think they need your help. Cultivate patience and always, always, always do your best to show them your love & support. Regrets are inevitable, but the power of love is undisputed.

Cultivate patience and always, always, always do your best to show them your love & support. Regrets are inevitable, but the power of love is undisputed.

Please share this site with those you care about who want better health. There’s no better time than now – yesterday has already passed & tomorrow is not promised.

The choices you make today, create your future.

Choose well!