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Nanieve Groenewald

September 19, 2014
I am 45 years old and was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disorder when I was 12.  About 2 years ago I was also diagnosed with PSTD after my partner of years tried to murder me (almost succeeded and nearly died). I went through the court case and am rather proud of myself (blush) for having done so. I have done a little motivational speaking with...
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Greg Wohler

September 17, 2014
My name is Greg Wohler, and I sit on a hospital help desk utilizing my technology skills to assist users and patients with the daily goings-on with the technical side of the complex – patience for patients, is key (pun intended!). Reading, trying new restaurants, playing board games, and chillaxing with our bratty kitty Lizzie are a few things my...
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Carrie Elizabeth Lin

September 4, 2014
Carrie Elizabeth Lin, MA, LPCC is a psychotherapist and career counselor in San Jose, California. She has worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, psychology instructor, and behavioral health researcher. She is currently in private practice and an adjunct faculty member at Sofia University. Carrie has led job search support groups for...
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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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