I have been thinking about this post for several days. I hope I can put it in writing like I am hearing it in my mind.
There are names that when they are mentioned you have a distinct definition of what they are. Cancer, Diabetes, Arthritis, Blindness, all these we at least have a general knowledge about them. All of them can be shown in x-rays, bloodwork, and other detection methods.
However, mention the term ‘bi-polar’ most are not sure exactly what it is. For others they seem to have an image that is totally wrong. Bi-polar is a distinct as the person who is suffering with it. It is a disease that as of this moment does not show on a x-ray, or under a microscope in a blood test.
Bi-polar does not define who I am. I am more than the disease, I am male, fifty-seven years old, and has various interests ranging from Gospel Music to Sherlock Holmes. I am a father of a daughter, a grandfather to three grandchildren.
It does not determine my future, nor keep me trapped in the past, for I determine my day by placing my feet on the floor each and every morning when I awake.
I would like to challenge every reader to define yourself, do not let the disease difine you!