I finally finished my piece on living with bipolar disorder (a social worker asked me about three weeks ago for an autobiographical essay in bipolar disorder, wanting to share it with his patients). I’ve posted it on my website here. (I should warn you that it’s fairly intense, so have your morning coffee first.)
I thought long and hard about posting it to my website, because it’s something that a potential employer (say) might stumble upon. But I just don’t think that staying silent on the subject is an option. I ride AIDS Lifecycle in part to bring attention to HIV and AIDS, and to help dispel the stigma of AIDS. It’s just not consistent to ride to remove the stigma of one disease while keeping quiet about something closer to home. I have great admiration for the Positive Pedalers – a group of HIV+ riders who openly identify themselves as being HIV+, to fight the stigma and put a human face on the disease, and so I’ve chosen to stand with them and put at least one public face on bipolar disorder.
In other news, I am weaving like a maniac trying to get this latest shawl done before we leave tomorrow morning, so I can finish it (hemstitching, twisting fringe) on the plane. I am armed with sock yarn/needles, weaving software, six John Varley novels, and a partridge in a pear tree. I may have some free time on this trip, and it would be dreadful to be bored. 🙂