You've Got This Mental illness, I have it. As someone who is living with mental illness, I am passionate about using my life, my deepest struggles, for good. In sharing my journey with bipolar disorder, I hope to offer insight into a ‘world’ that affects millions but is often misrepresented, misunderstood, feared or hidden. It is my heart’s desire that my story will open minds, shatter stigma and offer hope to those walking a similar path. I could have easily kept my reality under wraps, hidden behind an airbrushed smile, but that would have only perpetuated the myth that I had all my ‘ducks in a row’, or even worse, made others feel as if they didn’t. This is an ‘off-the-cuff’ account of my own journey with bipolar – from my creative childhood, tough teen years, crippling anxiety, ultimate breaking point, forced diagnosis, medication meddling, to eventually finding a bright light at the end of the tunnel!