About

 

She was several degrees over the madness horizon and accelerating…
– Terry Pratchet

 

There once was a girl with a curl in the middle of her forehead. When she felt good she felt very, very good but when she felt bad she felt horrid. – The Bipolar adapted nursery rhyme

I was born and bred in Brisbane, Australia. No, we don’t ride kangaroos to school and yes, the wildlife is trying to kill us – but no more so than our Prime Minister. I come from a large but poor family who taught me the importance of kindness and equality.

I spent my early years dreaming of fairies and pink, my middle years dreaming of skulls and rebellion, and my teen years had me come into my own as I developed a passion for learning, social activism, working with children and baking. Currently I am studying Primary Education and working on my health.

But despite how I’ve changed through early childhood to young adulthood, some things never change. I have always been strong willed with a burning desire to help others.

And that is what has allowed me to survive the last year, with my love of others giving me the motivation to keep going day after day with my severe Bipolar, and my strong mind making it possible.

That, and one important thing. My family.

My family who is literally crazy. Who has multiple people in each generation getting sick with mental illness, including my own father, and his brother who lost his life to it. Being raised in a family were mental illness ran so rampant granted me one thing: I never learnt to view mental illness as anything other than illness. 

I never learnt that I ought to be ashamed, I learnt that speaking up keeps people alive. I never learnt that I was weak, I learnt that dealing with this shows my strength. I never learnt to view people as their illness, I saw the beauty in them and I see the beauty in me.

And I want to share this gift with others.

By writing about my experiences living with Bipolar I hope to make it easier for others to speak about theirs. I hope to educate others on the realities on mental illness.

Ultimately, I want to break down the taboo that causes the ill to shoulder the burden alone. 

I strive to create a world where those struggling with mental illness will be treated with as much respect, kindness and dignity as anyone else.

I hope you’ll join me.


While I thank you for the care behind the thought, I don’t appreciate any advice or help.

I am not a healthcare professional and none of my advice should be taken as such.

I discuss subjects such as suicide and psychosis. Consider this your trigger warning.

 


 

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28 thoughts on “About

  1. You’re quite right. Mental illness is an illness like like any other illness. Well done, on your About Page and on telling your story. I wrote a post today in response to the task about being inspired by neighbours. It’s called “Rise Above It” and I was thinking about a few bloggers I met since starting 101 who have been inspirational in different ways. Had I met you before writing the post, you would have been on the list too. Keep up the good work. Regards, eLFy 🙂

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  2. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” And you embodied it in this post that sometimes all we need is a beautiful and positive perspective of our experiences, our struggles, and challenges in life. Nice read! 🙂 Looking forward to your posts! 🙂

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  3. I love your about page. Very intriguing and very open and honest. This is great! I will have to show it to my mother who does not suffer from mental illness but is in the industry due to one’s she loves suffering and show her there are others out there trying to explain that this is just like if someone had cancer or something else. It is not something one chooses. It is not something one should be ashamed of.
    I applaud you.
    All the best,
    Kalyssa
    http://www.thesimplysassylife.com

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    1. Thanks! 🙂 You may need to take a screenshot if you like this particular page though – I’m planning on redoing it. I like it, but it doesn’t fit the tone of my blog and if it doesn’t fit my blog, it shouldn’t be my About page. 😛 I definitely plan to keep the honesty though.

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  4. Joy,

    Write your story and open others minds to the truth about living with an everyday struggle. You are right that the experts don’t know everything and on top of that each persons struggle is different. What affects one doesn’t neccessarily trigger another. Each hour brings a different feeling which either triggers or connects to another. I will follow and support you with your interpretation of how you live with a mental health challenge.

    Stacey

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  5. What an inspiring About Page! Mental Illness runs in my family as well, in different forms. I deal with it as well as my partner. It isn’t something that is really talked about even when people think they are. I have actually seen some wonderful commercials lately on the subject of changing the discussion around people dealing with mental health issues. I just looked on Youtube to see if i could find it to show you but I guess it is so new it hasn’t made its way there yet. Oh well!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment. 🙂 And I admire that you’re able to make a relationship work with both of you battling mental illness.
      It’s wonderful how change and progress is just a natural part of the world.

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  6. Great blog, takes a lot of courage to lay it all out there; but hey i am sure you are going to have some wonderful experiences doing this blog. Just something to think about; with the period pains; have you tried acupuncture? I know you have had advice from every corner of the globe!!! But during the time when i ran my clinic i treated many women for period pains with acupuncture + treating the liver which worked in most cases; because the liver is involved with the manufacture of blood and the blow and hormones. It also effects your emotions as well. Find a good acupuncturist and try it out if you have not already done so; it does not work for everyone; but worth a try; what have you got to loose; doesn’t hurt; i needle myself occasionally. Good luck and look forward to reading some more of your writings, LOL Murray

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