A Success Story
I’d like to tell you the story of a young woman I’ve has the honor and privilege of knowing for quite a few years. I’ve chosen to keep her identity anonymous out of respect for her privacy.
She is a single mother of a young child under the age of five and receives no help what so ever from the father of her child. She also just happens to attend one of the most prestigious private Universities on the west coast. This school is extremely difficult to gain admission to and it has produced Nobel Prize Recipients, world-renowned physicians, researchers and scholars.
Now you may be thinking, so… there are plenty of single mothers who have done so, and many more who will continue to do so. What’s so special about this young woman?
I will tell you what’s so special about her…. she has Bipolar Disorder.
As many of you who also have Bipolar Disorder, you know what a devastating and debilitating mental illness can be. It can rob you of your self-respect, self-esteem, ability to function, quality of life, happiness and well being, and for some their life by suicide.
I am in no way saying this young lady is better than anyone else with Bipolar Disorder. She struggles daily and doubts herself often, just as the rest of us do. When she has these doubts and gut wrenching fears her and myself, as well as other friends, remind her over and over that she can get back in the ring and fight for her dreams. Believe me it can take a whole lot of talking, reassurance and convincing, but she finds the courage and strength to keep moving forward.
It is so important that these stories of courage and strength of persons with a mental illness be he heard by society and the world! I believe it is just one of the many ways to erase the very ugly stigma that people with a mental illness cannot be productive successful members of society and contribute to making the world a better place for all of us.
Please join me in commending this extraordinary young woman and the many so much like her that refuse to let mental illness deter them in their quest for a meaningful and successful life!