Welcome to My Bumpy Ride.......

Before you all read on, I guess it is best to introduce myself to you and let you know a bit about myself. I am Susan, and first and foremost, I am a mother to a wonderful young man. Though he is grown, he will always be that three year old little boy, that asked all those questions and expected answers to them all. Though I will tell you much about myself in this blog there is no one or nothing that is as important to me as him, even if I don't discuss him much, because he kina likes to remain private.

For years I was actively trying to find myself, but that was a big waste of time, since by doing so I was not living. All my life I have always known that I was "different", but was unable to know why that was. I first thought that perhaps it was because I was adopted, but that was not the case. Turns out, I am bipolar and pretty much have been all my life. This was explained to me about nine years ago when I had a major melt down. I tend to be more on the depressive side, but have on occasion been quite manic. My last episode was early thru mid 2008, with full blown depression. For five months, I bearly left my house, let alone my bed. Why am I telling you this? I just want it out in the open and let you understand that I discuss my illness from time to time.

Present day, I am currently a full time student, studying social work. At the end of 2011 I was approached by a mentor of mine, who mentioned a new program that was going to launch here in Rhode Island. This new program called the Peer Wellness Coaching, was something that I had always wished would become a reality and to add even more excitement was the fact that this mentor was inviting me to train for a position as one of the Peer Wellness Coaches.

So currently (spring 2012) I am part of the three phases of training and should be employed by the fall of 2012. What is even more excellent about this program is that they are aware of my education goals and are willing to work with me on maintaining those goals.

Also you might hear me mention NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), because I am actively involved with them. I am a facilitator and state trainer for the NAMI Connection groups (peer run support group) here in Rhode Island, and I also help teach high school and college students about mental illness through NAMI RI's Inside Mental Illness program.

So with all that being said...I hope you read on to my daily activities and thoughts and such.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Heading to Vegas than to Florida

I will be on a plane this time tomorrow.  Dennis and I will be heading out to Vegas until Tuesday night.  We will be taking the red eye to Boston on Tuesday to Wednesday.  He will be heading back home and I will wait until the afternoon to head down to Florida to see Mom.  I have talked a lot about mom in the last blog and I will refrain from doing that again.  I am not overly excited to be on a plane, let alone the four that I will be taking over the next seven days.

I am looking forward to getting some photos while I am in Vegas.  I asked Denny if he would make sure that we get out of the strip to some desert area and even told him that I will not bother him about anything else while we are there.  What I didn’t think about at all was the fact of what lives in the desert, like snakes and spiders. Can we say EWWWW.  Thanks to Darrilyn, now I have that on my mind.  Hopefully I will forget about it for the most part by the time I go out to get some pictures.

Denny’s sister lives out there and we will be with them for a portion of our trip.  After all that is basically why we are heading out that way in the first place.  I know she mentioned something about a place to hike at.  Since his sister is also having one of Denny’s brothers and his two daughters over at the same time, she thought that would be a fun activity for everyone.  I am pretty sure I can get some nice photos there as well.

We will be staying at the Stratosphere where Denny was able to get some freebies like the hotel stay and from what Denny says we are getting a suite with a full living room, kitchen, bar and whirlpool bath. Funny how that place is going to be like two times the size of my own place.  Well at least it is free.  Also our meals will be paid for as well as some other various freebies. 

Well that is about it.  Let me see if I can find some kind of picture to go with this blog today.

Ok so here is one of the pictures I took from the window of the plane we took to New Orleans a while ago.  I hope we have these kinds of clear skies when we leave tomorrow.  Well that is it.  I will write when I get back from Florida. TTFN

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