30 Days of Gratitude: Day 23

As of today, it’s been 44 days since my last episode of either depression or mania.  To me, this is a miracle.  The longest I’ve gone between episodes before this is 10 days.  Nine months ago, I was rapid cycling with full swings of depression and mania happening twice and sometimes three times a day.

What’s changed since then?  I’ve been off all medications for seven months.  I’ve worked hard at being physically healthy.  I’ve worked hard at being aware of my thoughts, emotions and reactions.  I meditate every day.  And now, I’m working hard at being aware of my compulsions.

I don’t know why I’ve been given this long, lovely reprieve.  I know the episodes will return.  I’m just so very grateful.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. strugglingwithbipolar
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 14:42:03

    This is something that is worth celebrating. I’m impressed that you are able to do this without medication. I’m very happy for you!

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  2. Sherry
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 16:59:42

    Wow! This is monumental – Keep counting as long as you can.

    Reply

  3. Kathryn McCullough
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 17:33:58

    Congratulations on this! I so wish not taking meds were the solution for me. I would be terrified to go off of mine. I’m happy for you, Sandy!
    Kathy

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    • Sandy Sue
      Aug 09, 2011 @ 12:50:00

      I know this isn’t the path for many folks with BP, and I’d never advocate it for others. I count myself blessed to have discovered this piece to my particular puzzle.

      Reply

  4. Kitty
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 19:31:59

    WooHoo! to 44 days. I’m SO happy for you. Gratitude is right and isn’t that just a wonderful place to be! Hooray for you and for the joy of sitting in the middle for as many days as possible.

    Reply

  5. pegoleg
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 09:33:43

    Congratulations on this reprieve. I hope it helps you to gain strength.

    Do you make all the collages? They’re really interesting.

    Reply

  6. gypsy116
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 17:51:29

    congratulations! 🙂

    Reply

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