Diversity Includes Disability

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of attending a conference that brought together some of the brightest leaders and entrepreneurial minds in the world- all under age 30. A well renowned and established institution hosted the week-long event that featured continuous networking opportunities, panels, speakers, and of course an open bar. Overall it […]

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“I will bleed you now”

So a couple weeks ago I hit the six weeks in Rwanda marker. I didn’t really think anything about it until I saw a reminder in my calendar that is just the blood needle emoji signifying that it was time for me to get my blood tested for my valporic acid levels and other basic […]

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“But, how does it feel?”

When people ask me what having Bipolar Disorder feels like, I don’t quite know how to respond. I can rattle off a list of my symptoms and divide them into mania and depression. I can talk about the feelings of self-hatred, the crying spells, the exhaustion, and the insecurities that accompany depression and the fast […]

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FAQs

So over the years I’ve had a few super common questions. I figured I would just consolidate them all into one post. Q: Are you medicated?  A: Yep- I have been on a steady regiment of Depakote for several years. Prior to being stable on Depakote, I took a slew of other medications but none […]

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Managing Triggers

Whether near or far from home one of the most difficult aspects about living with bipolar disorder has always been learning to manage triggers. Some are easy such as avoiding alcohol and maintaining a healthy sleep schedules. Others, however, sneak up on you. The most triggering experiences I have had while abroad have been those […]

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Getting Diagnosed & Medicated

Being mediated is one thing however, being stable on medication is a whole other animal. The first time I took medication for mental illness, I was around 12 or 13. I had spent years diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, and at around the time I reached puberty it has blossomed into depression. I was a […]

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