My name is Cheryl and I live in Columbia, SC. However, I was born in Charleston where I lived for 14 years. I still miss the closeness of the beach and the peace and serenity it offers. I have Bipolar I disorder and SAD. My manias are few but my depression so deep and dark. I am a survivor of suicide and an Adult Child of Alcoholic. I lost my mom 15 years ago before they really understood how to diagnose and medicate Bipolar. She self medicated with alcohol, so home life was crazy; never knew what to expect. I hope to gain friends and support from this website as well as support others and share my own experiences.I am 47 and have a son, daughter and 2 yr old grandson who bring me much joy and comfort I am a retired Social Worker and Banker. I suffered over 20 years, misdiagnosed before them diagnosing be as BP. I am on a med cocktail that seems to be working and I feel better now than ever before. I am a member of the SC Chapter of NAMI(National Alliance for Mental Illness). I recommend anyone with mental illness or has a family member with mental illness to join such a group.
What I have to offer to this group: understanding, open mind, encouragement, experience, empathy , support, and open ear, prayer and friendship.
As for my faith. I am nondenominational contemporary Christian. I was dunked Baptist. Many of my family are musicians and play in our worship team. I have been in church since the age of 2 months. My grandfather was a Southern Baptist Preacher. I learned to quote the bible at age 7, thanks to good old GA's (Girls Auxiliary). I sum up my belief with John 3:16. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son,that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Jeremiah 29:11 is my favorite verse, especially when I am in the trenches of deep, dark depression.
"For I know the plans I have for you said God. Plans to prosper you not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.
Please take the time to visit my group THE NURTURING NOOK
administrator of "the nurturing nook" and "recovery for life"