Bi-polar disorder affects approximately 12.3 million people in the United States with as many as 60 million people worldwide. Symptoms can begin at any age. Unfortunately, there is no cure. The disorder can often be controlled with treatment but many turn to self-medicating.
My story, as told by my mother: “I began showing symptoms very early. By the time I was thirteen or fourteen years old, I had been “unofficially” diagnosed with the disorder, with an official diagnosis at 19. I turned to drugs as a way of coping with my condition early on. I struggled daily with my addictions. I sought treatment on several occasions but the manic episodes and depression triggered impulsive decisions that began to erode my relationships and my health. In my heart, I am a nurturer, devoted to family and my three boys. However, the disease and drugs haunted me. In the end, I grew tired… tired of the disappointment I saw in the eyes of my children… the disappointment I felt in myself. It was all too much.”
All she ever wanted was to love and to be loved. Tiffany was so strong but the illness was too much for her. She chased the dragon and the dragon won!
She was LOVED. She will be missed.
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