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Pastor Aaron

June 17, 2016
The Rev. Aaron Maurice Saari is an Ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament through the United Church of Christ (UCC), currently serving a More Light Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio. Pastor Aaron has bipolar disorder and cycles rapidly; he also struggles with anxiety, particularly as it relates to...
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Ros Limbo

June 17, 2016
My name is Ros Limbo. I’m a writer, blogger, vegetarian and yogi. I wish to get accepted into Cambridge University’s Masters of Creative Writing programme in 2017. I was always a sensitive child. I took everything a little too personally, and cried more than was necessary. Looking back I can see there were many red flags, no one seemed to...
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Samina Raza

June 8, 2016
 Samina Raza is a Molecular Biologist, a blogger, (https://bipolar1blog.com/) where she blogs extensively about bipolar disorder and other illnesses. She also blogs for HuffPost (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/samina-raza/) She is a mom and a wife. She speaks Urdu, Turkish and French in addition to English. She has an MSEd in School...
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Jodi Lee

June 6, 2016
My name is Jodi Lee. I’m 31 years old, I grew up in Connecticut, but I live in Arizona with my husband and our dog. I have two adult step-kids and a granddaughter; I can’t have children of my own, but I love being a grandmother. I’m fortunate to have the love and support from my entire family. My husband works hard to make sure I feel comfortable...
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Charlie Kaplan

June 6, 2016
My name is Charlie. I am a writer and graduate student pursuing a degree in English and creative writing. After living with symptoms unchecked for many years, I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder at the age of 31 in 2015. I am also diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, ADHD, and generalized anxiety disorder. I live in Florida with my husband...
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Madeleine Breen

How do I pray, as someone who lives with bipolar disorder? In my younger years when I was fairly stabilized on medicine, the daily Scriptures were my prayer and my study, sometimes studying several hours with my commentaries and allowing the silence to foster the Holy Spirit’s voice. During daily Mass and throughout the day new things might...
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Emily Finnemore

May 23, 2016
I am Emily. My onset of bipolar disorder was most likely in my childhood. I was always different: I thought differently, reacted differently, and exhibited my emotions differently. My parents first sought help for me in 4th grade, the year I developed anorexia. For the next 9 years I would fight all attempts of treatment and put myself in some...
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Steve Comer

April 6, 2016
My name is Steve Comer. I was first diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type I, as well as generalized panic disorder, in 2003, at the age of 18 after my first suicide attempt. I am married and have one daughter, with another child on the way. I went to school for Architecture, but I currently work in the robotics industry. I have been hospitalized...
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Ron Owens

March 25, 2016
My name is Ron Owens. I am 43 years old and I have been living with my wife Beka and her Bipolar Disorder for 13 years. We have an 8 year old son. In 2010, I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder after experiencing a few months of uncontrollable panic attacks. Since then I’ve been working on being more mindful and...
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Zoe DeCicco

February 24, 2016
My name is Zoe DeCicco. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 1 in 2013, after 20 years of living with a diagnosis of depression and borderline personality disorder. My moods change rapidly and I have very little time outside my either mixed or depressive episodes. I also experience panic disorder and generalized anxiety, which can be...
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Stephanie Rae

February 12, 2016
My name is Stephanie. I'm 37 years old and have a 16-year-old daughter. I was officially diagnosed as having bipolar disorder in 2004 after a serious suicide attempt that left me in a coma on life support for a week. I have spent the last 12 years learning about my illness and speaking openly about it to help break the stigma. I'm currently...
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Andrea Bain

February 9, 2016
Andrea Bain is a 47-year-old artist who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1992. Since then her diagnosis has been refined to Rapid Cycling Bipolar 1 with Psychosis. She is the wife of an incredibly supportive man and mother to two teenage girls. She manages her illness with ongoing medical care, family support, and through the therapeutic...
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