I just celebrated my 56th birthday, the picture is from my birthday photo shoot (fun!) that I had done! I have bipolar disorder type 1. I am a molecular biologist, I also have an MSEd. I am a wife and a mother. My wonderful son just graduated from Law school, and my amazing husband has stuck by me for over 28 years. I act, sing, take photographs, and cook up a storm periodically! I also blog for the Huffington Post and the International Bipolar Foundation. This illness fairly gallops through my family, I have lost a brother to it. I am coping with it as best as I can. And starting this blog has been therapeutic, cathartic, and I have received support and positive comments from my fellow bloggers and the bipolar d/o community. With this blog, I wanted to tell my story, I wanted to help other people with this illness, or any other mental illness. By being truthful, plain, and simple, I wanted to say that even though this illness is hellish in its worst forms, you can survive it and live a life that has a lot of good in it. I also wanted to do scientific, informative pieces, considering my science background. And that is what I have been doing since August 3rd 2014, when this blog was started. So, happy reading. Please comment on the posts if you wish.