This morning, I was driving on the highway and listening to a local news radio station. I was pleased to hear the reporter talking about an upcoming NAMI Walk. It got me to thinking, though, when he referred to a woman, who was acting as a spokesperson for mental illness, by saying, "She is Bipolar."
She is Bipolar. That's like saying, "He is heart disease, or she is lung cancer." She is NOT Bipolar. She HAS Bipolar. I am not OCD, I have OCD. Even so, it's only a part of my life. It is not all of it. Just like whatever you struggle with is not all of you either.