Just a girl…

The following is part of an essay written by a scholarship applicant. This is an amazing young person who has been through more in her young life than most do in a lifetime. Yet she is a thriving young lady with an amazing future. I have her permission to post part of what she wrote to us. Get out the tissues….

“When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder I was both upset and relieved. Relieved that I finally had an answer. I had a name for the terrible lows and the devastating highs. Upset because there I was at sixteen hit with a label and the confirmation of a lifelong illness. I would never again be ‘healthy’. And because bipolar is a mental illness there is a stigma: I’m now crazy, insane, wacko, mental, cuckoo, mad, nuts, of unsound mind, psycho, screwy and more. Except that I’m not. I have goals and dreams….”

This young lady is not alone. She is one of many kids who silently suffer from this and other mental illnesses because they are ashamed. There is nothing to be ashamed of, bipolar disorder is an illness. Just like a child with diabetes, there is nothing that he or she did to cause the illness. Unfortunately, once the psychological treatment is over and symptoms are managed,  there are precious few resources to help get back on track. Psychiatric care is expensive and the expenses can last a lifetime leaving little for college tuition and expenses.

We have the financial resources to help you or someone you know achieve his or her hopes and dreams through college education. Just like this young lady said, “Crazy, not me! Just a girl with bipolar looking to the future.”

What are your dreams? If you’re ready to do the work, we’re ready to help. Contact me at nshaheen@jcrunyonfoundation.org

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