Battling Bipolar Disorder: Invisible Foe
Once in a while the Universe does us a great favor and brings people into our lives who are destined to be lifelong friends. I’ve been the fortunate recipient of that kind of serendipity a number of times, one of the most recent being my friendship with fellow romance author, Casey Hagen.
Casey and I met through social media, and due to a stroke of good timing and luck found ourselves roomies at the RWA conference in New York this past July. She’s a young whippersnapper compared to me, but being paired with this old bagger didn’t appear to bother Casey or slow her down, and we had a terrific time together. The woman is a force of nature, and I’m privileged to know her. She’s on a mission to drag me kicking and screaming into the world of modern day book marketing. But that’s for another post.
Our down time during the conference was spent mostly jawing about writing and the publishing biz, but we did find time for girl talk, and that included chat about our hubbies and kids. Like most mothers, Casey is proud of all her children, and I learned a little something about each of her offspring as we shared anecdotes and laughed together. And then she shared more detailed information about her teenaged daughter, Bronwyn.
Bronwyn is a beautiful 16-year-old who battles with bipolar disorder and the depressive symptoms that accompany it. As Casey confided in me, my own heart swelled and wept for her, for Bronwyn, and for their family unit. Being a teenager in this day and age is struggle enough without compounding the experience with something as insidious as bipolar disorder. This isn’t a broken leg that will disrupt the family routine for six weeks and then heal. This is a mental health issue that will require constant surveillance and awareness. But Bronwyn is blessed with a supportive family and a fierce lioness of a mother who will guide her to adulthood with an appropriate balance of love, discipline, and care. Bronwyn will face challenges, but she will never face them alone.
A few days ago, Casey asked me to look over a blog post she intended to publish on her website. I’ve been honored to do some editing work on her novels and was pleased to review this piece for her. As a mother, it brought me to tears. But more than that, it increased my respect for her and her daughter. Bronwyn, on the cusp of adulthood, is dealing with more internal struggle daily than most of us face in a lifetime. She is coping, fighting, working to get through one day at a time, constantly at war with an invisible foe. She is strong, so much stronger than she knows.
Please link over to Casey’s post here: http://caseyhagenauthor.com/2015/11/saving-bronwyn/
I encourage you to read this and to share. Perhaps it will land in front of someone who faces a similar struggle and who will benefit from it. An added bonus is a poem written by Bronwyn about her struggle. It should be read by adults and school guidance counselors everywhere. The girl does not consider herself a writer. She may have to rethink that position, because I believe the Universe might have other ideas.
Thanks for visiting. See you Friday for Observations from the Tub.
P.S. Link here to read about Project Semicolon: http://www.projectsemicolon.org/our-vision.html For those unaware, the semicolon is the point in a sentence where the author might place a period to end the sentence but chooses a semicolon to continue instead. This is a powerful symbol for those stating that the sentence represents their life, and the semicolon is their commitment to continuing their own lives and story.