For many years I have carried a huge weight on my heart, my soul and my mind. While I was battling my bipolar illness six years ago, many things happened in my life that were an outcome of my illness but not typical of my true personality, values and morals. I not only disrupted my own happy life at that time, my actions disrupted and hurt everyone in my life. I never meant for that to happen, but it did.
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For the past 5 ½ years I have concentrated on one thing and one thing only … getting my son’s and my own mental health in tip top shape. Finding the answer to decades of issues with my diagnosis of bipolar illness in 2009 was just the beginning for me. At the same time, my son, age 8 at the time, was diagnosed with mood disorder, ADHD, and General Anxiety Disorder. Not only was I overwhelmed with my own diagnosis, I also had a little boy who desperately needed help as well. Life seemed hopeless to me and I nearly gave up. I am not exactly sure how I made it through, b
Although I was officially diagnosed in March 2009 with Bipolar I disorder and began treatment, I am confident in saying that my bipolar episodes started well before that time. If I could guess somewhat accurately, I would say it all started somewhere around the age of 18 … which would be the early 90’s. If I only knew then what I do know now, oh how I would have done things differently! At the same time, I am a firm believer in the saying “everything happens for a reason”. For some reason, my illness led me to who I am and where I am today, and I have faith that is exa
Five years and five months ago I heard the word “bipolar” for the very first time. Honestly, I did not know what it meant nor what it would come to mean to me and my life. I learned pretty quickly that it meant I was very sick and that I was self-medicating an illness I had no idea I had and that unless I sought and accepted treatment, my life would not be as happy and productive as I had planned or dreamt it would be. I also learned very quickly that bipolar disorder was not an “acceptable” illness to have … and soon found myself alone, deserted by my family, my friend
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.