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Taylor Rios

August 17, 2016
Taylor is a wife and mother of two special needs children. She is also a self-employed writer, editor, nature photographer, and social media manager. Diagnosed with Bipolar Type 1 in 2004, she strives to help others live the best life possible while managing the symptoms. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, reading, and working on...
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Layne Cornell

August 17, 2016
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the summer of 2009 after being hospitalized during my first full-blown manic episode. Looking back I realize that I started showing signs of bipolar disorder since I was at least 15 years old. The episode started while I was living in Peru as a volunteer. Fortunately, I had a great support system at...
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Laura Sanscartier

August 17, 2016
Laura Sanscartier is a professional singer, part-time librarian and mental health advocate. She is the wife of the most hilarious, loving man in the world. Her parents and siblings are rockstars, and she is lucky to share their DNA! When Laura isn't singing or writing, she can usually be found with her head in a book, or clutching a Netflix remote...
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Pippa Lily

July 28, 2016
Hey, I’m Pippa, a new blogger for IBPF. I am currently 16 years old and am studying year 10 in Australia. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 1 in late 2014, and it has been a very tough time for me and my family. But bipolar also has its highs, and I feel very fortunate to be able to use it to help me be a creative person, and to fuel my...
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Stephanie Renee Kauffman

July 26, 2016
Stephanie Renee Kauffman is a comedian, writer and artist based in Marysville, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois. She is a graduate of the Second City Acting and Improv Conservatory and the iO Training Center. Stephanie has also directed shows and coached improv teams in Chicago and Baltimore. She is immensely grateful for the amount of love and...
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Sarah Carraher

July 26, 2016
My name is Sarah Carraher. I was born and raised in Iowa, and still live amongst all the corn fields with my husband and sweet puppy. I graduated college with a degree in exercise science and currently work in the fitness industry. I enjoy helping clients reach their wellness goals, and I love to be active in my personal life. I’m currently...
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Tom Roberts

July 15, 2016
Tom Roberts is a mental health speaker and writer living in Huntington Beach, CA. He is the author of  Escape from Myself: A Manic-Depressive’s Journey to Nowhere. Tom tells his audiences about his experience living with a devastating mental illness. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1993—too late to save his marriage and college...
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Lauryn Maleski

July 14, 2016
Lauryn Maleski is a full-time student studying Human Development at Binghamton University with the hopes of someday obtaining her Master's of Social Work. She lives happily in Binghamton, NY with her emotional support cat, Pabu, during the school year and in Scranton, Pennsylvania during the summer. In December 2014, she was diagnosed with bipolar...
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Tannika Majumdar Batra

June 30, 2016
Tannika is 32 years old and a freelance interior designer living in Kolkata, India, with her husband and brother as her support system. Fighting bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and PTSD since her mother died when she was 20, she now shares her story and her experiences with mental illness in hopes of reaching out to others and helping them...
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Zaeli Eliza

June 28, 2016
Zaeli Eliza is a visual artist and a writer from the Philippines. She is an only child and struggled growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her mother died by suicide when she was 16. Eliza was also diagnosed with, and is being treated for, bipolar disorder type I, C-PTSD, anxiety, ADHD, borderline personality disorder and thought disorder. She...
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Laura Low

June 28, 2016
My name is Laura Low. I am a single mom to two girls. I live in Shingle Springs, California with my daughters, our two dogs and cat. I also have a small farm where I raise chickens, goats and pigs. Growing up, I knew my thoughts were different from other kids my age. I never seemed to be able to handle things like everyone...
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Jess Melancholia

June 23, 2016
Jess Melancholia is blogger who resides in San Diego, California with her husband and cat. In May of 2014, she was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder. Since then, she has suffered from severe manic and depressive episodes. Nowadays, through medication and a strong support system, she works tirelessly to live a “normal” life and keep her manic and...
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