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Hi, my name is Debbie and I'm 49 years old. I am diagnosed with Bipolar II, DDnos, and Social Phobia. Though I have been living a fairly stable life with the help of meds and therapy for the past 23 years, life has currently become a bigger challenge for me than ever both physically and mentally/emotionally. But "Hope" is the driving force of my life! I live and breathe hope! Hope gets me from one step to the next! And Hope reminds me that things WILL get better!

I am not, and never will be, defined or dictated to by my mental illness! I am so much more than that! Life is choice! I am responsible for how I live today in spite of my history or any mental illness!

I believe that all of us are capable of living happy, productive lives and contribute to society just like anyone else who doesn't have a mental illness. It doesn't just happen overnight or without our own participation, but it is no doubt possible!

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Thank you Kitty and Cookie
"Live without pretending; Love without depending; Listen without defending; Speak without offending"--Drake
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"Live without pretending; Love without depending; Listen without defending; Speak without offending"--Drake
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Poem-Grief
Just FYI - most of the poem is written in past tense, and then to present tense - the reason...More
"Live without pretending; Love without depending; Listen without defending; Speak without offending"--Drake
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Yeah, Mercy, I'm tempted to send both her and her supervisor an email to ask them why they...More
"Live without pretending; Love without depending; Listen without defending; Speak without offending"--Drake
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THank you , Kitty! Perfect fit before I quit DebbieMore
"Live without pretending; Love without depending; Listen without defending; Speak without offending"--Drake
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Reply: can i get disability benefits because of my bipola...
All I was pointing out is that you said, "Disability always turns down the first try" and I...More
"Live without pretending; Love without depending; Listen without defending; Speak without offending"--Drake
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Well, this one is also a "no." What was a little bit irritating is that both she and her...More
"Live without pretending; Love without depending; Listen without defending; Speak without offending"--Drake
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Reply: can i get disability benefits because of my bipola...
Actually, disability is not always turned down the first try - I was awarded disability the...More
"Live without pretending; Love without depending; Listen without defending; Speak without offending"--Drake
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"Live without pretending; Love without depending; Listen without defending; Speak without offending"--Drake
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Try again
Well, this week my doctor suggested looking specifically for a grief counselor, which I...More
"Live without pretending; Love without depending; Listen without defending; Speak without offending"--Drake
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