My name is Daniela, I am 32 years old. I’ve been battling bipolar disorder since I was 13 years old (the age I remember something clicked in my brain and everything changed). Been on meds since I was 15 years old; when I was 19 the disease presented itself full blown. I ended up in the psychiatric hospital countless times, had 2 rounds of ECT treatments and practically lost 7 years of my life either in hospitals or locked up in my room. Gradually, and with the unconditional help and support of my family and friends I began recapturing my life. Finally at 30 I graduated from college, and now I am finishing my Masters degree. I got married a few months ago to a wonderful man who knows mental illness because of his mother, so he understands me and has never ever judged me in any way. Drs. told my parents I would never be able to live alone and be productive. It’s been 6 years without a major episode and I am officially in remission. I have a full happy life and I just want to post this so that others who are suffering with mental illness know that it is treatable and that full recovery is possible. I am living proof of that.