Quittings for Quitters! Do I look like a Quitter to you?

That was a rhetorical question of course.

So I asked … and you guys gave an overwhelming response! And when I say overwhelming I mean a slap in the face “Wow! Why the heck did I even say that?” kinda thing. I seriously felt kinda silly for even asking the question in the first place.

HOWEVER …

I’m glad I did.

Your responses reminded me to stop being so ridiculous and open my eyes to see that it’s not about me and it’s not about my insecurities … It’s about all of you! I started this site for a reason and it’s good to know that it was not done in vain. I wanted to help others and it seems to be what I’m doing. (WIN!)

So I just thought I’d share some of the reasons I REFUSE to be a quitter …

Karen T said,Yes, you are helping people. I know this site has helped me a ton. It’s so good to know that someone else feels the same way or has gone through the same things you are going through. It’s my primary resource on bipolar because it’s REAL.

Aisha said, “I feel like you are a breath of fresh air. When I began my research a while after I dived into the swimming pool of mental illness, I found the most frustrating thing was that the websites available mainly just focused on the medical, scientific areas of bipolar disorder. Very soon, I began to feel like there was barely anyone out there that knew how it REALLY felt. The internet is great for the purpose of general knowledge, but I didn’t know where to go to hear more about what the actual Bipolar community felt like. We’re not very large, or well-known/understood, we are hardly abnormal in the sense that it meant when people speak this way, and we needed a voice. And you gave us that. You started something beautiful and inspiring and encouraging that gave hope, at least to me.”

Nana7x said, ” I think [your site] is a much-needed resource for anyone with BPD. You know that this disorder is often frightening and can create feelings of isolation and loneliness. Your blog offers hope, understanding, excellent advice and moreAlso, I loved the word, “bipolaree,” which I’ve never heard before.”

Julie said, “Your Ask A Bipolar site has helped me,when im down and out i can go here and google a word and read through the posts.”

Ginger said, “This website has been a great resource for me in trying to understand my bipolar friend. I asked a question a few months ago when she just out of nowhere stopped talking to me and seemed to be in a downward spiral and it helped me to understand what was going on and that it wasn’t me.

Peter said, “All I can say is that I’ve found a home here & made a lot of wonderful friends.

Charlie said, “I find it such an easy way to educate myself about bipolar and I love reading about the experiences of others. For me, on the other side of the world to you, your website helps me feel far less isolated.

Needless to say, Ask a Bipolar isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. So bring on your questions readers!

And thanks … seriously … from the bottom of my heart. It means the world to me that you are able to benefit from our site.

<3 <3 <3

4 thoughts on “Quittings for Quitters! Do I look like a Quitter to you?

  1. AND YOUR PARTNER SAYS “IF IT WASN’T FOR THIS SITE I WOULD HAVE NEVER, EVER GOTTEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIND PEOPLE WHO REALLY UNDERSTAND ME!! ok, I’ll stop yelling. And I never would have gotten the opportunity to help others who were or are struggling just like I did or am. I never would have realized my knack for blogging, especially on this topic and never would have begun blogging for International Bipolar Foundation. I never would have gotten to interview the one person that inspired and helped me through many years of my illness, Marya Hornbacher. I never would have gotten to meet my AaB family!!!!!! AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST I NEVER WOULD HAVE GOTTEN TO BECOME PART OF THE GEER and Smith FAMILY!!!!!!

    I don’t know how many people know this, but THIS WOMAN, yes, Marybeth Smith, in the midst of trying to move, school, running the site, and being a wife, and a mother, dropped everything and drove across 3 states to come sit with me for the night because I was not doing well at all. THAT is the kind of person Marybeth Smith is, and so to hear her question taking the site down, I was speechless. I thought “NO WAY CAN YOU TAKE DOWN ALL OF OUR HARD WORK!!!!” and i was worried about all the people that were part of the group on Facebook. I know that I go to them for support and lots of people do. Sometimes it seems like people don’t appreciate or that our voices are not being heard, but they are!!!!! and they are helping many… SO MB…. Next time you think of writing a post of that nature, you video chat me so I can virtual knock you upside the head!!!!! 🙂 <3 YOU! <3 this site! <3 MY AAB FAMILY!!!!!!!!

    ~christi~

  2. and MB – you will also notice that I taught myself yesterday how to change my little thumbnail picture! 🙂 I’m becoming a wordpress genius! 😉

  3. I am thankful for being given the opportunity to research and write about bipolar disorder. Marybeth took me on as a writer without any hesitation whatsoever. I only found out about a year ago that I have bipolar II disorder and writing for askabipolar has helped me not only learn more about myself but about others with bipolar as well. It has given me the chance to research and write about various issues that us bipolaree’s face on a daily basis. I also enjoy when group members and the public read and comment on the posts that I write for the site. So thanks Marybeth for starting askabipolar, and I’d like to thank you and Christi for keeping it up and running!

  4. Wanted to offer some food for thought:

    “The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to the one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    AND

    “You can’t grab a handful of roses and expect to dodge all the thorns…As it is in a true and vulnerable friendship, you risk a few hurts to gather a bouquet of beauty.”

    Seems to me you have many people who believe in you and found in you a trusted friend. There will always be thorns on this journey of life, but the bouquet of beauty is well worth the risk of suffering and pain along the way.

    For you are one of the most beautiful roses in my bouquet and I’m so very proud of you! Please remember you are not asked to be a savior, there is only ONE and you know who that is. You simply are asked to share the honest gift of your life to help others understand that their life is of value and they too have much to give. Love ya loads “Lil Bit”!

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