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Gretchen W.

June 6, 2014
Gretchen Wallet was born and raised in Northwest Indiana, where she still currently lives.  She is a graduate of Indiana University Northwest with a Bachelors in English.  She is currently applying to an MSW program with the hopes of being a therapist.  She lives with her husband of eight years, Steven, their cats Taffy and...
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Doreen B.

June 6, 2014
Doreen is a busy wife and mom. She likes doing whatever she’s in the “mood” for. She spends her time taking care of her family, doing hobbies, and being active with church. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and enjoys substitute teaching. Doreen was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2009, two years after experiencing a...
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Sara L.

May 1, 2014
I am married to my soulmate, mother to a child who is wise and sensitive beyond his years, and working as an attorney for now. I was diagnosed with “a bipolar spectrum disorder” after a difficult post partum year, and have since remained “not otherwise specified” in the DSM.  I also struggle with PTSD and severe anxiety. I am...
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Ashley Z.

May 1, 2014
A colourful array of emotions,  Where to start. The past 3 years of my life have been by far the most difficult but also the most life-changing and maturing as a young adult. I was 20 years old when I was diagnosed with bipolar type I rapid cycling disorder. I was young, naïve and stubborn. I had tremendous difficulties adapting to a...
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Gabe Howard

May 1, 2014
Gabe Howard is a leadership and motivational speaker, mental illness blogger and writer, as well as a person living with mental illness. Over ten years ago, Gabe was diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders after being admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Later, he would be terminated from his job with a Fortune 100 company, giving him...
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Natalie McKinnon

February 24, 2014
Natalie McKinnon grew up and lives in Massachusetts. She is married to her husband and best friend Donald of 15 years. She attended Massasoit Community College and obtained her Director II Certification in the field of Early Childhood Education. She is active in her community with her church, and the local crime watch. She enjoys spending time...
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Rae-Ann

February 21, 2014
My name is Rae-Ann.  I am 48 years old.  I was finally diagnosed with Bipolar 1 when I was 27 years old, after over 10 years of struggle.  For the last 32 years, I have endured many episodes, both depressive and manic.  I now refer to myself as a "responsible" person who is living with Bipolar.  I take my medications...
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Jennifer Marshall

February 14, 2014
Jennifer is a former professional recruiter turned writer/mental health advocate via her blog, Bipolar Mom Life. She’s currently producing a live performance theater show on mental health awareness and appreciation which will debut in Arlington, VA in May of 2014 called This Is My Brave. Jennifer recently published a short e-book, Find Your Brave...
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Rebecca Moore

February 11, 2014
 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 33 years old. Although I lived my entire life with mood swings, it was not until 3 years ago that I was diagnosed. Prior to that, I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, which made sense because I only sought help when I was depressed. Since my diagnosis, I made it my mission to...
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Justin Schleifer

February 7, 2014
Justin Schleifer transplanted to the Monterey Peninsula from the East Coast in 2005. He is a person with a wide array of experience. He has spent a brief amount of time in many career fields. He has been in education, business, sales, the Army National Guard, health care, among other areas. Justin spent much of his career working with...
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Nicole Lyons

January 28, 2014
I am a 36 year old mother of two daughters 5 & 7 years old. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 1 about 13 years ago but I ignored it. I was in comets denial. How could a functioning caregiver have a mental illness? I worked as a nursing aide for 13 years. I made poor choices and attempted suicide twice. After the birth of my second child I...
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Rebecca Lombardo

January 3, 2014
I am 40 years old, and I have been happily married for 12 years. I come from a large family, but lost my mom in 2008 and one of my brother's in 2011.  I don't have any kids, but we do have cats.  My full time business is pet sitting, so I spend a lot of time with animals.  I have suffered from depression since I was very young, but...
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