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Susan Zarit

September 4, 2014
I am a wife, a mother, an educator and a mental health advocate.  I have lived with bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder for more than half my life.  I wasn’t properly diagnosed until the early 2000’s.  It wasn’t until I started volunteering with a suicide prevention charity that I found my voice.  I saw the effect that...
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Kait Mauro

September 3, 2014
Kait Mauro is a 23-year-old student at Washington University in Saint Louis. She is diagnosed with bipolar type II disorder. She blogs at nowandnowandnow.wordpress.com and shares her art/photography work at kaitmauro.com.
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Andrea Piekarski-Susalla

August 22, 2014
Andrea Piekarski-Susalla was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan and currently resides in Sterling Heights, Michigan. She attended Eastern Michigan University and Davenport University specializing in Business Management and Accounting. Andrea was diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder in March 2009.  Currently her diagnosis is...
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Paula Bostrom

August 7, 2014
Paula Bostrom is a freelance media broadcaster and journalist. She lives in Colorado with her husband, two teenagers and her psychiatric service dog Cane, a rescue dog from Hurricane Katrina. Paula was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 42.
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Denis Muthuri

July 30, 2014
My name is Denis Muthuri from Kenya, Africa. I was diagnosed with unipolar depression at 18. By the time I was 23 my condition degenerated with all my symptoms pointing towards bipolar disorder 2. At the time of my diagnosis I was self-medicating with alcohol binges leading to hysterical outbursts that required me to be institutionalized.Therapy,...
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Dyane Harwood

July 24, 2014
Dyane Leshin-Harwood holds a B.A. degree in English Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz.  Dyane was diagnosed with type I bipolar disorder in 2007 at age thirty-seven, six weeks postpartum after the birth of her second daughter. As a result, Dyane has developed a commitment to postpartum mood disorder education, and she...
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Heather Foster

July 24, 2014
My name is Heather Foster. I am happily married to my husband Joe and I have 2 beautiful children (or heathens depending on the day) Gabriel and Emilia.I have Bipolar 1 (rapid cycle). Borderline Personality Disorder and PTSD. Fun right?I want to show people you can be an amazing mom, awesome person and have a mental illness.My goal is to be a...
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Sarah DeArmond

July 22, 2014
Sarah DeArmond lives in Calera, Alabama and has been married to the love of her life, Sean, since January 31st, 2009. Sarah was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was twenty-two, just a few months after she got married. Sarah has been working hard ever since to treat her disorder. She has had one-hundred percent support from her husband,...
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Jessi Lepine

July 22, 2014
My name is Jessi Lepine. I am Canadian, 32 years old, married to a psychiatric nurse, and we have a 13 month old baby girl. I work in mental health as Therapeutic Programming Lead on a Geriatric Psychiatry Program at the same hospital where my husband works.  I am the third person in my immediate family to be diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder...
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Sara Berelsman

July 17, 2014
Sara Berelsman has an MA in Literature from Eastern Michigan University, and is currently working on an MA to become a substance abuse counselor.  She published a memoir in November called My Last Rock Bottom, about her alcoholism and bipolar disorder.  She was diagnosed as bipolar a few years ago and enjoys writing to educate others...
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Sarah Lindsay

July 16, 2014
Sarah Lindsay is a yogi, a blogger and a doggy lover. From Toronto, Canada she lives with her neurotic dog, her older brother and his cat. With an undergraduate degree in History, Sarah loves everything ancient as well as Agatha Christie mysteries. She works as an Office Manager and volunteers for multiple mental health non-profit organizations...
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Mary Alice Do

July 9, 2014
Mary Alice Do, M.Div., is a retired ordained minister, mother and grandmother.  She has bipolar disorder, has had recurring episodes of depression throughout her life and was hospitalized twice. She worked seven years in ministry, 13 years providing peer support and two years doing case management for people with a serious mental illness....
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