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Your are not alone in this fight

Spread the word! “You are not alone in this fight” when it comes to mental illness.

Our goal is to raise $300,000 by Dec. 31, 2012. Your donations help NAMI provide free education and support programs, publish reports and provide resources for people in need.

This year we’re asking you to share your story to inspire hope and break down stigma everywhere.

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Katy's Story

I have always struggled with balance. I had an especially difficult time in high school with severe mood swings. I got pregnant at the age of seventeen, and left home to live in a group home. During this time I found my birth son a loving home. After his birth and adoption I returned home. Shortly after returning home I was hospitalized for postpartum depression.

After I got out of the hospital I still felt emotionally out of control. I spent the next two years self-medicating with alcohol, and struggling to hold down steady employment. Then I met Justin. He not only became my very best friend, but also my husband. Justin was my lifeline to normal. Even though I continued to struggle with months of mania or depression, Justin stood by me. We welcomed our son Tyler just over nine months after we were married. I suffered from another bout of postpartum depression after Tyler was born.

It has been nine months since I was diagnosed, and though there have been bumps in the road, I feel better than I ever remember feeling.

When Tyler was six months old we moved, and the change pulled me out of my depression and threw me into a full blown manic episode. Being a stay at home mom allowed me to hide my symptoms. When Tyler was almost two, I decided to go back to college. I made it through one quarter, but by the start of the next quarter, I was so manic I felt completely disconnected from the world. My mania came to a head and I soon crashed down in to the worst depression I had ever experienced.

I told Justin I needed help. We found my psychiatrist, with the help of my primary care doctor, and I received my diagnosis of bipolar disorder. It has been nine months since I was diagnosed, and though there have been bumps in the road, I feel better than I ever remember feeling.

I am grateful for the support of my family and friends. I am especially grateful for Justin and Tyler; they inspire me every day to fight for balance and maintain a positive outlook as I face the ups and downs.

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