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Fatima

Fatima

Something I am Proud Of:

I’m proud of how far I’ve come and how I keep pushing on. When I was first diagnosed I was really scared and I didn’t understand my diagnosis. There was so much internalized stigma going on. It’s taken time and effort but I’m finally at a point where I don’t let fear rule my life anymore. Being mentally ill is not a moral failing. I’m not bad for being bipolar. I’m strong and courageous for fighting every single day. And I’m proud of myself for that. It’s the little wins of every day that amass into a big win. I am taking baby steps to a brighter future.

Advice for Newly Diagnosed:

Try to give yourself some compassion. Take a deep breath and try to really see yourself as someone who deserves all the help and support in the world. Because you do deserve it. The road is hard but it really does get better. Self love isn’t easy, yet it can be a tool for you to feel a little bit better about yourself and your place in this whirlwind of a life.

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