Author: Rebecca Lombardo

Bipolar and Grief

Bipolar and Grief I’ve been putting this post off for some time now because I haven’t felt strong enough. I’m still not entirely sure I’ve got the strength, but if it takes me a few tries, I think that will be just fine. If you have bipolar disorder, sometimes you’ll feel so down that it naturally feels like you’re grieving. In my case, sometimes I am. I’m grieving the loss of who I used to be. In the last several months, I’ve found something truly heart-breaking to grieve about, and there’s no mistaking these emotions for anything else. On...

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The Confession

About two weeks ago, I got up in the morning and went into the bathroom to change. When I took off my shirt, I was shocked and terrified to find a very, very strange looking bruise on my left breast. It was nearly a perfect circle, and had a dark outer area and a lighter inner area. I had no idea where it would have come from. It wasn’t there the day before, and I know I didn’t injure myself in 24 hours. So, I took a couple of pictures on my phone and messaged my husband. We were...

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My Recovery from Self-Injury

recovery means many different things to many different people. It’s a very difficult and personal journey. Not everyone is strong enough to realize they need help, let alone know what to do once they get it. You often hear people speaking about a place called “Rock Bottom.” The consensus is that to help yourself, you have to realize when you’ve hit the bottom. Some people take years to get to that point. Some people never get there. I’m grateful to say that I am one of those that beat the odds. I hit that bottom, and I hit it...

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A Step in the Right Direction

Rebecca Lombardo Author of “It’s Not Your Journey” A Step in the Right Direction I was 19 years old when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  From that point forward, life was a struggle.  My moods were up, down, and back up again.  I never knew what to expect.  In my late 20’s, I decided that I wanted to take my life.  In the end, I just couldn’t do it. However, I did succeed in teaching myself how to use self-injury as a coping mechanism. After being committed on two separate occasions and losing every job I ever had, I...

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