About Me

I used to spend my days as an agency recruiter for creative types and then spent several years in corporate recruiting. In 2011, I traded in my resume reading skills to pursue my passion: writing. This is where I’m honing my craft and documenting my life. Right here on my blog for the whole world to read.

I am a 37-year old wife and mother of two young children. Eleven years ago I suffered my first manic episode and several months and many doctor’s appointments later was finally diagnosed as having Bipolar Disorder – type 1.

I’ve had four psychiatric hospitalizations within five years – two before any diagnosis was reached, and two more because I was trying to protect my newborn son (postpartum psychosis) and my unborn daughter – and all were because I was unmedicated at the time.

I have learned so much from my journey thus far and hope that by sharing my experiences I can help other women who may be wondering if they’ll ever be able to make their dreams of a family a reality. You can – I am living proof that it is possible. I take medication and have regular appointments with my psychiatrist and therapist because these are my responsibilities to myself and my family. My incredible support system helps me to live fully and I attribute a great deal of my success to their encouragement over the years.

Writing openly about living with mental illness inspired me to co-found a non-profit called This Is My Brave, Inc. which provides a platform for people to share their story live on stage through poetry, music and essay. We professionally videotape all our shows and make them available on YouTube. This spring we are producing new and unique shows in five US cities which will be added to our channel this summer. Right now, it’s time to #LiveBrave and bring mental health issues into the spotlight because they’ve been in the dark too long.

In October of 2016 I was invited to give a TEDx talk where I shared my take on the legacy I hope to leave behind with the organization I’m leading and the mission we’re advancing. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch it.

Photo credit: Shoot Photo Inc

Photo credit: Shoot Photo Inc

This blog is my way of recording my progress, of keeping myself accountable and healthy for me and my family. My goal is to eventually publish a memoir, and I am taking steps towards becoming a more polished writer. Last year I wrote an e-book, Find Your Brave – a manifesto, and it’s available for free on Snippet.com {use the code: FREEBRAVE}. Along the way on this writing journey I hope to help fight stigma and inspire other young people who are struggling with the same feelings, fears, and insecurities I was at one point. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. You just need to keep fighting hard to get there.

Email me at: jennifer@bipolarmomlife.com.