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Old 01-12-2017, 05:04 PM #1
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Default Happiness does exist and there is light at the end of the tunnel!

I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 when I was 16 years old. Iím now 37 and can finally say that Iím stable.

The last 21 years have been a rollercoaster. For a very long time I used drugs, alcohol and even cutting to self-medicate. All I wanted to feel was happy, but nothing seemed to get me there. I had tried one medication after another. I never gave them much of a chance though and with all the drugs and alcohol I was doing they couldnít do much for me. The result of all that was many years spent in darkness and not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. There were many days that I didnít even want to live.

Letís fast forward to today. Life has done a 360. Iím clean, sober and medicated with the proper medication. Getting to this point has taken a lot of work. Iíve been consistent with seeing a therapist for the last 6 years and a gal who manages my medication. Iíve always been told that Iím tenacious and Iíve used that tenacity to get to where I am. Itís taken not only a lot of determination on my end, but the unconditional love and support of my family and friends. I couldnít and canít do this alone.

There really is light at the end of the tunnel and happiness does exist. We just have to keep moving forward.
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Thank you for your story. It is very encouraging.
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What a wonderful story! It really brings hope to us all.
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Congrats! I have been stable for six years.
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I'm so happy for you. Thanks for sharing your story.
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That's awesome!

I'm a little older than you, and a few years ago, I started to feel like a big change was ready to happen. It feels like the band got back together, doesn't it?

Now you're inspiring others, good stuff.
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Congrats! I have been stable for six years.
Wow! That is amazing. How did you go about getting stable yourself?
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That's awesome!

I'm a little older than you, and a few years ago, I started to feel like a big change was ready to happen. It feels like the band got back together, doesn't it?

Now you're inspiring others, good stuff.
It sure does. I love it! I hope that I can inspire others. I really want to pay it forward. So many people have helped me along this journey.
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Thank you!!! This is uplifting!!!
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Its a very inspiring story!!! I wish I got stable in my late 30s like u did as I had so many second chances after the bipolar hit. I guess Ill take the lessons learned and crush the rest of my 40s and life, but dealing with the BP and addictions is no joke, but get great hope from those like u!
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