Volunteer of the Year – Cameron Meeker

Cameron lives in Arizona and is one of our graphic designers. You have seen her work if you follow us on any of our social media accounts. She designs graphics for events, anti stigma campaigns, and anything else we ask her to do. If you participated in World Bipolar Day and had us add the text to your photo, Cameron is the one who did that!

We are grateful to have Cameron as one of our volunteers and are excited to see what she creates for us in the future. Read more about Cameron in her bio:

Hello, my name is Cameron Marie Meeker, and I have Bipolar Disorder.

I knew something was “different” about the way I thought and the way I controlled my emotions (or lack of control) in my late teens/early 20’s.  I went to numerous doctors to try to get some sort of help, trying to explain the high’s and low’s to them was like talking to a brick wall.  Finally after many, many years of going to different doctors and being on just about every anti-depressant out there (and still having high’s and low’s) I stumbled upon a great doctor, who actually listened to what I was saying, heard the things I was mentioning in detail about how I feel when I am in a “high” state and when I am in a “low” state.  I was officially diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when I was 28.  The Doctor got me on the proper medication and I finally felt “normal” again.

I went through denial for a while and as most people do one time or another, think “Oh, I am feeling better now, I am healed, no need for the medication”…big mistake!  Happy to say I learned my lesson (took a few times to learn it, but I eventually did) and will forever continue to stay on my medication because I know it is what keeps me from ending up in hospitals, which I have been in more than my fair share of.

Over the last few years I have come to terms and come to peace with the fact I am NOT broken, I am just the way God created me to be, and I am proud of that.

I also came to the realization I have to continue to do what makes ME happy (not what everyone else wants me to do for their happiness).  I left the IT industry and went back to doing what I love and that is being a jack-of-all-trades for Marketing in the Construction industry.  I have never been so happy and stable, mentally and emotionally, than I am now.  Following your dreams and making sure you do what you love makes all the difference in the world!

I have two beautiful children that I am so proud of.  My daughter is about to turn eight and my son just turned six.  I hope and pray every day that God watches over them and even though I have finally accepted my illness, to please not have them have to deal with it themselves.

I have been volunteering with the IBPF since 2013.  I love giving back, being a part of something great and making sure people know they are not alone in the battle of Bipolar Disorder.  Stop the stigma, I am not crazy, I am me, and I am awesome!

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