Accept the Diagnosis, Not the Prognosis
Two psychiatrists told me I would NEVER work full-time again when I was 39 years old. In my head, I said “Screw You!” I had accepted the diagnosis of bipolar disorder 4 years earlier, but I would Never accept the Prognosis. No one would dictate to me what I could and couldn’t do with my life. After working part time at several different jobs between episodes of depression and mania I finally landed a full time job in an office. I have been working full time for 7 years now and have started my Keynote Speaking & Virtual Assistant Business. I have now enjoyed over 10 years of good health with only minor setbacks. My motto for the last 15 years has been:
I Don’t Give Up, I Don’t Give In, and I Don’t Take No for an Answer.
I had to recover, to lead by example.
I had to recover, to teach them,
that life was meant to be fun, not something to be endured.
I had to recover, to teach them, to be fearless and take risks.
I had to recover, to teach them, to pursue their passions, and follow their dreams.
I had to recover, to become someone, they could be proud, to call “Mom.”
Recipient of The Marilyn Nearing Award from York Support Services Network for A Significant Contribution as a Volunteer in the Community