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 and safe.
I was first hospitalized in 1999 because of a suicidal gesture. I was eventually diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder with rapid cycling. I used a lot of recreational drugs then, making it harder to stabilize. In 2004, I attended a year-long in-patient rehab that treated addiction and mental health. I completed their program and have been sober since. Getting sober has significantly helped my mental health.
Although I struggle, I did have 5 stable years on medication. In 2009, I was diagnosed with PTSD and began experiencing bipolar episodes again. I ended up on disability, and have been on it since. I’m compliant with medications, but still struggle with mania and depression. I did ECT treatments for over a year, which did help for some time. I’m working with my psychiatrist to find the right combination of medicine to get and remain stable.
You can read my personal blog at https://mysideofthepole.wordpress.com/