Bipolar Life- Marriage and Mental Illness

Not every day will be perfect. And I am okay with that! Maybe you’re not. I am okay with that, too. I can’t worry about what you think I should feel, or how I should act. I will be me, and you be you. I love you for you, you love me for me.

My mental illness may challenge us, major medical issues challenge many relationships. BUT, they NEVER define them. We press on together, as one, even when one needs space and time alone. Successful relationships always join together and respect the differences. Learn about my mental illness and gain an understanding of how it affects me and how it may change my mood and abilities at times. I do the same with you. You are not always sunshine and rainbows, you know.

When I don’t want to get out of bed, thank you for giving me that space. When I want to stay in bed too long, thank you for encouraging me to get up. You hold me in my teary mess, and lift me when I need to stand again. How you handle my jumpy mood swings is a gift God gave you. You took the time to learn this delicate balance, and I appreciate your efforts.

We are in this together, forever. My mental illness is also here for the long haul. Some years, we will never notice, others will be rough. I love you, and I give thanks to you for standing by my side in this challenge. I know it’s not easy, but no one ever said it would be easy. We are blessed to understand this truth. We are growing together, and I give thanks to God for that.

22 years and counting…

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