Saturday, July 16, 2011

i got published!!!

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okay, okay, it was just a letter to the editor, but makes me happy.  especially when my response was as passionate as this one.  i sat down almost iMMeDiaTeLY and wrote my email to Parents magazine.  it isn't unusual for me to disagree about a magazine article.  ((and voice those disagreements vehemently to my husband...who just nods his head)).  but this article...

i originally wrote this post containing my letter to the editor.  i'm going to repost here to make for easier reading.  i'll show you my original letter, then what they actually printed. 

my oRiGinAL
I just got done reading the article, “Visiting William” by an Anonymous writer in the May 2011 issue of Parents magazine. My heart breaks for the mother who had to watch her child yo-yoed around by a father suffering from bipolar disorder. I was moved to tears for the little girl after reading of their last meeting. Still, I feel moved to share another side with you. I sincerely wish that you would have (or in the future) include a story further exploring the life of bipolar parents. On behalf of many bipolar parents (and readers, I’m sure) I feel it necessary to clear the air for those who aren’t necessarily familiar with the disorder and all it entails. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and chronic depression when I was 22 years old. Since then, the fight against the stigma society holds has been hard. There have been times I have brought up my disorder and have seen the person visibly cringe. Being bipolar isn’t something I would have chosen for myself. One can’t change the fact that they are bipolar any easier than a redhead can change their freckles or a basketball player can alter their foot size. It’s all in how we’re “wired.” There are many of us who, with the help of medications, are well-adjusted, properly balanced and able to have secure, strong, affectionate relationships with our children. Life with bipolar disorder isn’t always the way popular culture sees it: a rollercoaster at an amusement park. With the help of medications, life for me is more like a drive through the country. There are some dips and peaks, but for the most part, I’m able to sit back and enjoy the ride.

wHAt tHeY pRiNTeD
My heart broke for the mom who wrote "Visiting William."  Still I wanted to offer a different perspective on biploar disorder; I was diagnosed with it and depression at 22.  But like so many other parents, with the help of medications I'm able to have a great relationship with my kid.  It's not always the roller-coaster ride people envision it to be.  My life is more like a drive through the country; there are some dips and peaks, but I'm still able to relax and enjoy the ride.  

so yeah.  i said my piece on living with bipolar disorder as i experience it.  and i realize now that there was no hesitation, no embarassment about what i was writing.  after living with the shame and stigma of my diagnosis for years, it's very freeing to realize that i'm letting go of it. 

perhaps it's because i no longer wish for it to dominate my life. 
perhaps i've finally grown into myself. 
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Maggie Robinson said...
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Amanda said...

You go girl! I hate that all to often one side, negative, is portrayed by the media and society in general believe it. I was diagnosed with PND and PTSD almost 2 years ago, still getting through it and am constantly surprised / disappointed by the narrow minded attitude shown to anything 'mental health' related, a term I hate.

Your letter is great, well done for standing up!

Christy said...

Good for yor, standing up and sharing your voice! You should frame the magazine for your kids. ;)

Tiaras & Bow Ties - Think Smink said...

You are truely amazing & wondeful! So glad you shared this about yourself, and HecK NO does it change my feelings about you. I find it very inspirational that you are so open and willing to try to change societies perceptions!
Luv Ya Bird!

Sheri said...

I am so proud of you, and so excited that they printed your article. It will help MANY Andie!!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

I salute you, my friend! You're so courageous to share such a very sensitive topic.

Anonymous said...

I have an adopted daughter from Russia, and she has been diagnosed with learning disabilities. She is attending a wonderful scoop in St Louis that has changed her life. All 130 of the students have varying differences in styles of learning. Some of the kids are bipolar, and it's is just what they work with. What is most wonderful is that the kids all learn to demystify the explanation of why they learn differently, and most importantly, explain it to others, and ADVOCATE for themselves.they know that their brain will process information differently, but that they are smart, and they just explain that to everyone. It is so nurturing, I wish that all schools had the same attitude about children. Keep on advocating for yourself, and educating people who don't know.

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