Blogging can affect both personal and social change. I started blogging because the thoughts and words in my mind simply had to get out. I hope this blog offers support, educates, and fights stigma against those living with mental illness.
Though I am a suburban wife and mother, unlike most of my neighbors, I live with bipolar disorder. My Story, My Path to Age Thirty, Mania at Thirty, Thirty to Motherhood, and Mystic or Mentally Ill? recount my struggle with mental illness, the two decades it took to get a proper diagnosis, and how my journey has ultimately given me a sense of purpose – and at times, a sense of religious calling.
Starting November 2015, when my mother had a stroke resulting in sudden vascular dementia, I blogged increasingly more about how my parents’ dementia affected me. Now that they are stable living in an excellent nearby memory care community, I’ve returned to my passion, mental health advocacy and writing about my experience living with bipolar disorder.
As a perpetual and proud geek, I always liked going to school. My brown-nosing and hard work got me a BA in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley, an MA in Psychology from New College of California (never heard of New College? well, it no longer exists and was never as prestigious as Berkeley), and twice I’ve attended Fuller Theological Seminary and twice I quit.
Though I’m a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I haven’t practiced in over 20 years. My varied career path has included working as a legal assistant, psychotherapist, and commercial real estate professional. Obviously, I haven’t stuck to one thing for very long. In fact, if you take a look at my LinkedIn profile, you’ll see that I was a job-hopper, shooting high, rapidly rising, then crashing and burning, over and over – fairly typical of someone with bipolar disorder type II.
My Battle with Mental Illness:
I’m All Over Social Media:
If you take a look at my social media presences, you might think that either I’m really committed to making a brand out of my name, or I am a narcissist. Probably both.