I am a wife, a mother, an educator and a mental health advocate.  I have lived with bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder for more than half my life.  I wasn’t properly diagnosed until the early 2000′s.  It wasn’t until I started volunteering with a suicide prevention charity that I found my voice.  I saw the effect that sharing my story had on others.  For those that had lost someone to suicide, it gave them a glimpse into their loved one’s mind set.  For those that lived with a mental illness, it helped them realize that they were not alone.  This led to advocacy work.  I thought if I could help individuals, then I could sure do something on a national and state legislative level.  That is now where my passion is…educating our nation’s leaders about mental illness and how their decisions or lack of decisions effect us.

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