7 Facts You May Not Know About Living With Bipolar Disorder

Everyone knows about the mood swings that are characteristic of bipolar disorder, but few are aware of the many other symptoms that can come with it. With bipolar disorder type 1 (type 2 is a bit less severe), there come psychotic features: hallucinations, delusions, dissociation, etc. Here are seven features of bipolar disorder I deal with that you may not know about… … More 7 Facts You May Not Know About Living With Bipolar Disorder

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When I take a Week Longer than Planned

Sometimes, I am the ultimate procrastinator, but it’s never on purpose. A lot of people put off their chores or assignments or phone calls or emails simply because they don’t want to do them. I, however, put off my sewing projects (the only thing I have to do these days) because I need to. I may take longer than normal, but I most definitely do not take longer than necessary. … More When I take a Week Longer than Planned

When the Anesthesiologist Told me he was Sorry

After a little while of amusing conversation in his attempt to calm me before the placement of the enormous needle into my spine (and multiple occasions of him calling my baby Heidi Elissa for no reason), he brought it up again: “I’m really sorry that you have such trouble with your muscles—and you’re about to have to take care of a baby. That’ll make it really hard.” … More When the Anesthesiologist Told me he was Sorry

What You’ll Never See of my Invisible Illness

There are so many details about people’s bodies that no one else would know by looking at them. When I tell someone that I used to be able to write with either hand, I usually hear, “Oh, cool!” When my husband tells someone that he has a sunburn under his shirt, a hand is usually withdrawn – or more forcefully replaced. When my grandpa would tell people that he set off metal detectors with his new hips, people usually just laughed. People generally accepted those statements as facts. … More What You’ll Never See of my Invisible Illness