I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta with my two sisters and brother. At age thirty I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. For many years I was embarrassed to have a mental illness. With support from family and friends and mostly my mom, who was my rock, I learned to carry on and live a healthy productive life.

I found comfort in writing poems and often this creativity proved to be therapeutic. For many years my poems lay dormant until a friend read them. I am grateful to Joanne for sharing her vision which inspired me to create this tool.

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