Q: When did you first learn of your diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder?
A: I discovered that I was living with Bipolar Disorder II aged 30 in 2013 when I was diagnosed but I knew I suffered high’s and low’s all of my life which I thought was routine, there was never much ‘middle ground’ with myself, and I knew I was different to others and I realised that when I looked into what it was and I learned that I had some traits and signs of the condition but not all. I can now relate to others that are sufferers as their characteristics are that of similarity to me.
Q: Could you describe your support network and positive influences?
A: My positive influences are the people that surround me and that matter to me most. My friend, soul mate and lover helped me become the person that I am today and for that I will be forever in his debt and I am eternally grateful, without my nearest & dearest I would not be where I am now. My support network is my Facebook page called ‘Me, Bipolar & I’ that has over 5,350 followers since October 2013. It is recognised and followed by the International Bipolar Foundation!
Q: Describe the key to your triumps
A: The key to my triumphs like running a Fish & Chip Shop (awarding winning and one of the 50 best in the UK in 2005) from 2002 – 2008 was my drive and passion to not only succeed in life but excel in what I have done and continue to do. I don’t do anything by halves, I never have nor will. Failing is not an option no matter how low I can get in my mood. I have been very productive in some of the darkest times of my life.
Q: What is your message of hope to others?
A: My message to others would be to never give up in life. Try to see the good in every bad. If you are feeling down think of what you can do to pick yourself up or talk to somebody. Things don’t happen for a reason, they happen because of a reason. Be inspired by small things, also take time out for yourself now and again. Smile and the world will smile with you. A winner never quits and a quitter never wins. Remember there is always somebody that cares about YOU.
Q: What is your favorite color and why?
A: My favorite color is blue because it gives me a sense of calm. People may see it as being cold, but I see it as being an ‘earthly’ colour!