I may look “normal” or “average”… But I struggle daily with a severe mental illness, Bipolar Disorder. I have written articles for newsletters and been interviewed for Magazine articles about my mental illness and daily life challenges it brings me. I hope that one day stigma can be stomped and us (yes, all of us…) living with mental illnesses can be treated with the same respect as “normal people”, whatever normal means. I just am a HUGE advocate for mental health and believe it should be treated fairly, meaning as any other illness out there. Let’s stand tall and show everyone that we are NOT our illnesses, but yes, they are apart of us!! Let’s show them that we are not scary, crazy, or psychotic…. Let’s show them we are intelligent, beautiful, and kind people!!!