About The Book

No, I am not crazy…

. . . just because I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Yes, I did some crazy things when I was sick and experienced psychosis, a symptom of bipolar disorder . . . but that was over 20 years ago.

My personal recovery from mental illness and
various addictions gave me a unique understanding when I met my future husband.

Yes, I am crazy about my husband!

He is a remarkable man who has also overcome a variety of addictions and today lives in victory over an even more serious mental illness – schizoaffective disorder.

I knew when I met him that he was a diamond in the rough.

Our lives were wild and very dangerous before we met. Ups and downs, psychiatric hospitals and battling addictions. I didn’t know my husband had schizoaffective disorder when I met him – he didn’t know. It is a very complicated illness.

Mental illness can be extremely debilitating – even fatal. Some people who try to get well still limp through life due to a broken mental health system, stigma, or lack of support.

It is a miracle that my husband and I survived. Then together, we were able to overcome many challenges.

Today we own a thriving business, have two amazing children, and are very active in our church and in our community. Our story gives hope to the hopeless.

We have gained insights into mental illness and wellness that very few people understand because they have not experienced it.

In Sickness and in Mental Health gives a transparent view into extreme mental illness then back mental health and even beyond … to an abundant life and an extraordinary marriage.

In Sickness and in Mental Health is available in paperback in digital format on AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE and SMASHWORDS

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Those with trauma, even those that develop mental illness and or addiction can all develop resilience when these things come out of hiding and shame - they are my heroesResilience is the ability to accept and work through whatever challenges cross our path and the ability to move on and accept normality again. 🙌
The ability to keep functioning, and to bend instead of break. ❤️
The good news is that research indicates almost 80% of humans are resilient. 👍
Recognising that there are situations that may compromise resilience is as important. 😮
We know that trauma can adversely affect us, but it can also be the catalyst of change and become a base on which strength is built.🙌
It is important that we learn to be resilient.😍
We all have the capacity to build resilience in ourselves and there are some proactive steps we can take that may assist in building on that protective layer of resilience. ❤️
Some of these include fostering opportunities for wellbeing by building strong relationships in daily life, working towards a work-life balance, maintaining adequate sleep, striving for a balanced diet, investing in regular exercise, showing compassion for ourselves and others and developing emotional awareness.
It is impossible to prevent all stressful situations, as they are a part of life, but it is important to try to accept that there will be circumstances, which are out of our control.
Keeping a long-term perspective, remaining hopeful and trying to keep a positive attitude will us all help build resilience.
Coping with adversity and life’s challenges takes strength and resourcefulness. As much as we need the ability to cope and overcome, we also need the support of a close network of family, friends and colleagues.❤️
Generous hearts and listening ears from those around us can make all the difference, and the value of support in achieving resilience cannot be underestimated.

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