It has been over five years
Since I accepted a date with you
We have had our days, the good days when all is well and
The bad days when everything just seems to bleak
And there are those days that we are flying high like a kite
Well, I cannot complain much about my relationship with you
You have made me realize that I am bold, I am strong, I am creative
Indeed I would not be doing what I do each day were it not for you
You have turned me into a warrior, a wounded healer
Who is a source of hope for many
You’ve got me hooked on medications
For my anxiety, depression and sleep
Well, this hookup has transformed me for the better
Not talking of increases in weight
However, despite this increase I am comfortable in my skin
Each day I take my meds religiously and am doing well
It has been almost four years since I relapsed
Moreover, I have been able to know my triggers and I seek help before I relapse.
For my family, I thank you for the support that you have always given me
My colleagues and friends thank you for always lighting my candle
It is a wake up call for the government to invest more in mental health
How I wish that every hospital would have a mental health unit.
Stigma is real, I have been called names because of coming out public on my condition
However, I will not be cowed
Instead this adds more fuel to my engine.
Indeed a bipolar diagnosis is not a death sentence
Accept, take your medication religiously, attend therapy and you will live productively.
Christine Miloyo (Bipolar mum)
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