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Butter chicken with pumpkin seed and cranberry baguette. #healthyeatingforbipolar #healthylivingbipolar #mealsfortwo
#Testimony so after my divorce was final I was planning to move from my one bedroom hideout to a three bedroom place. I was pregnant and I needed a place without a whole lot of space ya know. I was completely overwhelmed with the pricing around Downtown Decatur, but God made some things happen. In less than one month I manifested a place that was less than what I budgeted. Yes I was renting again, but it was a part of a 5-7 year plan I had to be financially free & eventually own my space. I was able to move in one week before Thanksgiving and basically prepare for the last trimester of my pregnancy. This was a highlight for me in 2018 because when I set my mind to do something I do it. This gave me the strength & motivation to keep going. To rebuild my life after marriage took a lot of therapy & sacrifices financially so that I could live a financially free yet secure life. This entire pregnancy I’ve felt stifled in my personal & professional life, but in this moment I knew no matter what I felt that I was growing. I also knew that GOD HAD ME COVERED! So do you RENT or OWN your spot? If you OWN your place please share with me your home buying experience. Don’t worry I’m still gonna build my #tinyhouse , but that may have to wait until these hospital bills are paid (over $300k right now & climbing even w/ insurance) 😩 #breakofdawn #postpartum #healthylivingbipolar #realestate #movingforward #lifehappens #lifeafterbaby #tbt #throwback
Hell yeah!💪🏃😎 Last summer I set myself the goal to run 10 km in under an hour... Unfortunately, I busted my knee a few months back and had to take a break from running... But now I'm back and I've beaten that goal!🙌🙆 #10km #55minutes #running #beatinggoals #winning #keepingfit #proudofmyself #mindovermatter #healthylivingbipolar
#Testimony : Last Monday I blacked out and passed out right after receiving my @doordash order. I was on the phone with @thanksnikki and she heard everything. Once I was able to crawl back to my couch I called my TeeTee (who was already on the way to my house) and stated I needed to go back to the hospital. This makes 4 hospital visits in less than a month & a half. I did an overnight stay and they sent me home the next day. Once I got home I fell out in the parking lot of my place & two strangers stopped to help my Aunt get me in my place. I had to go back to the hospital. Visit #5 hours after my last discharge. When the neurologist saw me the next day he immediately said he would hook me up to an EEG for 48hrs. They wanted to monitor the activity in my brain during these seizure-like episodes. Again, this overall experience during my last trimester has been traumatic. They still don’t know what’s going on, BUT they moved up my delivery date. I want to thank @thanksnikki @psmileybbc (TeeTee) @moniquealexiswalke and @mississippiraisedme for being here for me & Christopher. Between staying with me at my place or at the hospital I can never repay you all for your sacrifices. I am thankful to be ALIVE, and I’m still having these episodes. It’s hard knowing that I was moving around & active in January & then February hits and I can barely walk myself to the bathroom. Thank you @amazonprimenow @amazon @doordash @freshharvest @bamboojuices for making things in my life easier during this horrific time in my life. This too shall pass & until then I’ll focus on recovering so I can embrace baby girl Grace when she arrives #maternalhealth #blendedfamilymatters #breakofdawn #supportsystem #healthylivingbipolar #gestationaldiabetes #anemia #highbloodpressure #pregnancy #bloodclot
Blue Fluorite - When it comes to your health, happiness and wellbeing, put yourself first. You deserve to eat food that nourishes your body, mind and spirit. You deserve to make time for exercise and play. You deserve to surround yourself with people who make you feel empowered and uplifted. You deserve to live your life with gratitude and appreciation. You deserve to put yourself first because you can’t truly help anyone until you help yourself. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * #bipolarawareness #bipolar #bipolarhealth #healthylivingbipolar #mentalhealth #digitalart #draweveryday #drawsomething #digitaldrawing #crystal #crystals #crystaldrawing #spiritualawakening #mindfullness #youdeservethebest
Dear Yogin dan Yogini, Dalam rangka World Bipolar Day 2019... Tanggal : 30 Maret 2019 Waktu : 07.00 - Selesai (Pagi Hari) Tempat : Lapangan Parkor Metadon (RSUD DR SOETOMO) Surabaya HTM : 50.000 Yoga bersama dan terbuka untuk umum. Keterangan Selanjutnya, baca di flyer. Namaste 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 . #worldbipolarday #yogaworld #unairsurabaya #bipolarday #bipolaryoga #yogaeveryone #yogem #ayohidupsehat #healthylivingbipolar #haribipolarsedunia #namasteॐ 🙏
I shared a lot on my @youtube channel about the last 6 months of my life & my recent health crisis. One of my friends (@thanksnikki ) said, “Oh you’re sharing everything EVERYTHING!” and honestly it made me feel a little bit better to just talk about what’s been going on with me & my high-risk pregnancy. I am thankful to be alive and prayerfully I will recover sooner than later before baby Grace arrives. Thank you all for your support & prayers #breakofdawn #pregnancy #maternityhealth #mentalhealth #healthylivingbipolar #blendedfamilymatters
#Testimony I am still heartbroken about what I experienced yesterday and I’m thankful my mom @mslemonrose was here to fight for me. Everyone knows that more & more black women are dying before, during or after childbirth. My high-risk pregnancy has shown me that even though I’m vegan & live a healthy active lifestyle that even I can experience issues like anemia and gestational diabetes. #swipeleft to hear how I felt about what happened to me yesterday after a black (male) OBGYN doctor told me to my face, “There’s nothing wrong with you so we will take you off of IV meds and put you on pills so we can send you home!” Then an Internal Medicine dr came in and my Mom snapped on her because she was rude & each dr wanted to just sign off on me to send me home so quickly. About 4 out of the 6 drs making decisions & requests for tests were minorities. No one believed me and none of them properly assessed me. My mom angrily made ONE request that honestly I feel like saved my life. She asked that they send Physical therapy to my room to take me for a walk assessment & see what they had to say about me being mobile enough to go home. In that assessment my oxygen levels were extremely low. So guess what? I couldn’t go home. Then that same OBGYN who told me nothing was wrong with me told us well we need a CT SCAN of her chest now. The results came back that there was a pulmonary embolism on the left side of my chest. “We can’t watch Black women die” is something I thought of immediately because they were willing to send me home to see if I would be back after another episode or worse off dead on arrival. It’s so critical that I have family & my support system around me at this time. If I didn’t I don’t know what would’ve happened #breakofdawn #maternityhealth #healthylivingbipolar #pregnancy #blackmamasmatter #healthcare #sickandtired
#Testimony About a week & half ago I had a seizure like episode & @cmastudio took action, got help & an ambulance arrived to take me to Northside Hospital Labor & Delivery emergency. It took a MRI to rule out the seizure, but in five minutes I thought I died. When I woke up a hospital rep asked me a lot of “living will/advance directive” questions. I already had a living will in place, but didn’t edit it after my divorce. This entire hospital visit was about a week long and the experience scared the shit out of me. So I calIed my Attorney to my bedside. I couldn’t stop thinking about my boys & my family. I was grateful that my Aunt @phyllislorena (POA) could mobilize my cousins @moniquealexiswalke @mississippiraisedme to assist me, get my Mom @mslemonrose in town within hours & even @thanksnikki showed up immediately at the hospital. Estate planning isn’t fun, but it is NECESSARY! I finalized edited details for my living will, advance directive & POAs on this past Friday. I am not a millionaire, but IF anything happened to me tomorrow my POAs would know what to legally do on my behalf. At 35, I never thought I would be pregnant again (post divorce) let alone it be high-risk. This episode woke me TF up. While I was in the hospital my Mother was there with me every single day. Imagine the black women who don’t have anyone to be there let alone speak up for them while in severe pain. I think about the black mothers who die while giving birth & although I’m scared of that I know God will see us through. Just in case that doesn’t happen I know I’ve lifted a huge burden off of my family regarding my arrangements if I die. Period. Pregnancy isn’t all GLAM, cute or fun for a lot of women & I just want to share what I’ve been going through. Baby Grace is fine & I am still not well. Early Saturday AM my cousin had to call 911 because I had another seizure like episode. I am hopeful we will find out what’s going on with me, but deep down I’m terrified #breakofdawn #healthylivingbipolar #pregnancy #healthcare #estateplanning #maternityhealth
#Testimony LITERALLY PREGNANT!Late September I got sick after leaving my Managing Editor position at Atlanta Voice newspaper. I didn’t think anything of it because football season was starting for Fans Favorite Fan and it was time to travel. Next thing I knew I was at my dr office & he told me I couldn’t travel for one weekend. The following weekend after that would be the last college football game I would cover for the season & hell on this journey began for me. When I got back from Tampa & seeing Sean B I knew something wasn’t right. My divorce was finalized by now and I was ready to move on to my next chapter & then I found out through an ultrasound I was pregnant. GOD had other plans for me. I found out at my 2nd doctor’s visit with my OBGYN that because of my age (35) my pregnancy is high-risk. I laughed, but come to find out it was true. I had to start seeing 2-3 drs per week because they didn’t know if I could carry this baby or if WE would survive. One diagnosis was triploidy and it scared the shit out of me. Options were discussed, but abortion was not an option because when I found out it was a girl I said I had to have her. Because of my health & history, I told my OBGYN & Perinatal dr that IF God wants me to have her I will. So they made sure to monitor to me weekly & ever since then I’ve been in the hospital for at least twice a month since with complications or issues. Today I’m just tired. This journey has taught me a lot about myself & God’s “GRACE”. We have two more months to go & if we make it I have a story to tell. So many women deal with this process alone mentally & physically. Therapy has helped. Friends & Family have helped me, but I still feel alone. I pray I get to see her face because out of everything I’ve been through the hardest decision was choosing her. I chose love & that’s exactly what I have left to give #breakofdawn #healthylivingbipolar #pregnancy #blendedfamilymatters
#Testimony Last year I didn’t even bother posting a throwback picture, but this year I had to. I am 35 years old today 🎉and all I can think about is in a few months I’ll give birth to a baby girl who hopefully isn’t like me in some ways. I’ve worked through a lot of hurt & pain from my childhood & teenage years in therapy (in the last 4-5 years) and then God said, “Here you go. I trust you with this gift!” I’ve questioned why and I pray hard every night that she doesn’t have to go/grow through the same shit I went through in life. Yes it made me who I am, but breaking generational curses, BS & trauma shouldn’t be a part of her story. I’m terrified and nervous AF about raising a girl & I have to thank my Mom @mslemonrose for raising me the way she did. Today as I celebrate another year around the sun I can’t help but think that God finally chose me to raise a queen because he found me worthy. I am fully accepting this role in my life. My sons (kings) are my everything and she will blend right in with her half siblings as well. I mean just look at my fist in this picture 🤣 I do hope she has some fight in her because this momma doesn’t play about her children while fighting for my life daily. Happy 35 to me. By the “GRACE” of God I made it #breakofdawn #happybirthday #healthylivingbipolar #mother #blendedfamilymatters #FOE #blackgirlmagic #continues
#2018bestnine this year I started out married (separated) and ended the year divorced. This year I started out with 3 jobs (two different industries) and by the end of the year I kept one. This year I trusted myself more & did what I wanted to do as God spoke to me along the way. This year I saved more and changed my life financially while meeting personal goals. I have a testimony that I will share in 2019 and right now at the end of this year I’m still afraid to share it. Every moment, every person, every lie and every failure was needed to get to this point because what God has for ME in 2019 no one can stop. It’s funny that these are considered my best nine because in real life this doesn’t even count as my best. I just looked good through the mess of 2018, remained professional & GRACEful while keeping my head up through it all. God I thank you for my life & my children #breakofdawn #healthylivingbipolar
I’ve said it for a looooooong time - those are the 5 words every cog in the Corporate America machine longs to hear. I wholeheartedly believe that a great deal of the stress and anxiety we face as a society could be reduced if those exact words were spoken more often. If you manage people, I implore you to say them. Starting tomorrow. #youhavedoneenough #youdoenough #youarenough #bipolar #bipolardisorder #bipolarstrong #bipolarwarrior #bipolarviking #bipolar2 #bipolartype2 #bipolarblogger #bipolarhealth #healthylivingbipolar #bipolarrecovery #bipolardisorder2 #bipolardisordertype2 #bipolardisorderawareness #bipolarawareness #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #emotionalhealth #emotionalhealthmatters
A mandate was pushed through this last legislative session, making New York the first state in the country to require schools to teach about mental health in the classroom‼️ Things like this make me proud to be New York bred! ✊🏾✅💚🌆💯 < < < #MentalHealthMatters #MentalIllness #BlackManBipolar #Awareness #BreakTheStigma #Support #Education #HealthyLivingBipolar #Schools #MentalHealth #EndTheStigma #BipolarDisorder #Health #Wellness #Recovery #therapy #MentalHealthAwareness #Support #Anxiety #Depression #Advocate #Education #Stigma #Suicide #MentalHealthAdvocate #DontSufferInSilence #SilenceTheShame
Although the general perception of mental illness has improved over the past decades, studies show that stigma against mental illness is still powerful, largely due to media stereotypes and lack of education. Stigma and misinformation can feel like overwhelming obstacles for someone who is struggling with a mental health condition. World Mental Health Day is a good reminder that it is important to talk about mental health. It’s more common than you may think. In fact, one in five adults in America – 43.8 million people – experience mental illness. This is 18.5% of our total population. It’s important to know that recovery from most mental health problems is possible. If you or a loved one is suffering from a mental health problem, please talk to someone. 🙏🏾✅💚 < < < #WorldMentalHealthDay #MentalHealthMatters #MentalIllness #BlackManBipolar #Awareness #BreakTheStigma #Support #Trauma #HealthyLivingBipolar #MentalHealth #EndTheStigma #BipolarDisorder #Health #Wellness #Recovery #Therapy #MentalHealthAwareness #RUOK #Anxiety #Depression #Advocate #Education #Stigma #Suicide #MentalHealthAdvocate #DontSufferInSilence #SilenceTheShame #YouAreNotAlone #October10th
Bad things happen. Trauma occurs. While as certain as I am that everyone reacts to the world differently, I am also certain that everyone has reasons to react differently. Lets be certain that when we engage in these types of difficult conversations we do not let our own ego become more than the need to support each other. No life experience is perfect but it is the people we surround ourselves with that can make our journey that much better. 🙏🏾✅💚 < < < #MentalHealthMatters #MentalIllness #BlackManBipolar #Awareness #BreakTheStigma #Support #Trauma #HealthyLivingBipolar #BlackMen #MentalHealth #EndTheStigma #BipolarDisorder #Health #Wellness #Recovery #therapy #MentalHealthAwareness #SuicidePreventionMonth #Support #Anxiety #Depression #Advocate #Education #Stigma #Suicide #MentalHealthAdvocate #DontSufferInSilence #SilenceTheShame #YouAreNotAlone
#Testimony I can’t do this life without them. I pray for them every day and sometimes our #blendedfamilymatters gets really tough for me. I know it’s hard for them too, but as hard as WE work to make sure they’re okay this world will have them thinking otherwise. I want to protect them. I want to shield them. I don’t want them to go through what I’ve gone through in life. This is where faith steps in to help ease my bipolar mind. I need to rest. I haven’t been sleep because I miss them. I heard from both of them yesterday (which is shocking when they’re both not with me right now) and I was worried that I am not doing enough. I don’t have all the answers, but I’ll die trying to make sure they know why. Why I’ve been fighting for them and why I fight for my life every damn day #breakofdawn #healthylivingbipolar #imissmyboys #thisisok #blackboyjoy #throwback
Thanks to everyone who has supported me in my role as Managing Editor at @theatlantavoice. Today was my last day and I’ve done a lot over the past year there. Won @nnpablackpress award for my story on @jasminecrowe & @goodrco , helped organized an internship program for AV after completing my task with @nnpadtu , mentored at least 10 black students who will work in the media industry, learned more about advertising & closing deals while writing/telling countless stories that were the result of my genuine connection to the people in the city of Atlanta. I am grateful that now I can focus in on @fansfavoritefan , my blended family and my new projects/business ventures to come in 2019/2020. I had an anxiety attack yesterday because I was fearful about what’s to come. That’s normal and my #mentalhealthmatters . This is a #bigleap for me and I have to figure it out as I go. It’s a new day and a better Dawn ready to go after what’s for her! Time to really #trusttheprocess and strengthen my faith as I grow. I was told at the age of 15 that I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing in life now. God got me here and he will make sure I’m good. For that I am grateful 📸 @picturemane via @theatlantavoice with @misskierraa courtesy of @jmpr_llc #media #blackgirlmagic #breakofdawn #blessed #healthylivingbipolar
Studies show that unrealistic expectations based on gender and race often keep many Black men out of therapy. The stereotype is that men don’t even like to ask for directions, so you can imagine how hard it is to say to another person out loud, “I think I need some help.” It is a circular problem we experience. In order for Black men to get help, they must open up enough to let someone know that they need help. But in order to open up and ask for help, they have to crack the cool facade and allow themselves to be in a vulnerable position. In most instances, Black men have not grown up believing that their internal emotional lives have inherent and productive value. This needs to change. Please share. ✅✊🏾💚 < <#Repost @iamadolfo < #MentalIllness #MentalHealthMatters #BlackManBipolar #Awareness #BreakTheStigma #Nike #JustDoIt #HealthyLivingBipolar #MentalHealth #EndTheStigma #BipolarDisorder #Health #Wellness #ColinKaepernick #MentalHealthAwareness #SuicidePreventionMonth #Support #Anxiety #Depression #Advocate #Education #Stigma #Suicide #MentalHealthAdvocate #DontSufferInSilence #SilenceTheShame #YouAreNotAlone @tarajiphenson @kingjames @kaepernick7 @cthagod @kidcudi @nike
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