Thea Madeline Porter

Something I Am Proud Of:

It has been seven years since my last episode and ten years since first diagnosis. I’m determined to never have one again. With blood, sweet, tears and a lot of CBT while being medically compliant I am walking on the other side, fortified and high functioning. I have a strong support system around me and I am building a life that I want. With therapy, the right medication and my creativity, I aim to stay healthy. I’m a set decorator, content creator and writer/blogger. My creativity has always been a strong personal force. In this complicated world, visual, written and musical expression can be used to lift ourselves out of the ashes. With my forms of expression, I want to inspire others to be more hopeful, creative, and let them know they are not alone on their personal journeys.

Advice For Newly Diagnosed:

Take it day by day. Don’t compare yourself with others. Everyone has stuff they deal with, it’s just not usually so out there and public for people to see. Don’t dwell on negativity, things will get better. Above all be true to your unique self and remind yourself each and every day that you are worthy.

Why The IBPF Community Is Important:

During and after my episodes I felt very alone, like no one else truly understood how I felt. But when I heard other people’s success stories and how they have “full and productive lives” it gave me such hope for my recovery. My parents attended an IBPF speaker panel then sent me the link to the event video. It helped immensely to see I was not alone with my journey. It’s what brought me to reach out. Having a sense of community like IBPF makes me feel supported and keeps me pushing forward. I hope my story can help others and give them hope as well.

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