I was studying marketing and attending college at Appalachian State University which was considerably far away from my family in Florida when my life truly began to spin out of control. And what was supposed to be just a long weekend away from school to clear my head soon turned into weeks, then months, and eventually it transformed into a never-ending nightmare. I was diagnosed with bipolar 1 a few months into my hiatus. My new illness forced me to abruptly leave school, my job, my fiancé, my dog, and my house, basically my entire life in North Carolina, and unknowingly never to return to it. In 2007 I had made my most serious suicide attempt and was in a coma for nearly a month. After I awoke from the coma I was determined to survive and learn from my illness in an attempt to help others similar to myself, even if it was just one person. I decided I wanted to be a nurse. I was extremely sick. A doctor of mine even said to me that I was the most severe case he had ever treated. So when I went around stating that I wanted to be a nurse it seemed more like a grandiose idea. My parents encouraged me but their encouragement was mostly in hopes that attending a college course here and there would give me something to focus on other than my illness. After running out of medication options I decided to undergo ECT in 2009. I had a total of 9 treatments and have been in remission ever since. And now after 5 years I have achieved my goal. I am a nurse, a psychiatric RN. I am sharing my story to show that wellness and stability are possible. Medication is such a small percentage of obtaining wellness. Wellness requires vigilance and lots and lots of coping skills. But it is achievable. Getting to know yourself and your illness is the first step and is the only way I have been able to accomplish my goals and to continue to maintain my mental health.

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