As my regular readers know, personally I am neither for nor against medication--for other people. I believe it's a personal decision. While medication doesn't work for me, I can see it does work for others who have different issues--both medical and psychological--than I do.
So, ordinarily I might not post about another blogger's medication withdrawal. However, my friend Gianna from Beyond Meds has been going through a Herculean effort to stop taking medications, and I truly applaud her bravery and endurance.
But her post about this process that has struck me so emotionally was written by her husband Daniel (with a postscript by her) a few days ago. What I love about what Daniel has written is his love and support, which I can relate to because my husband has been as supportive of me.
When I read bipolar blogs, I often wonder whether we let our spouses/partners and those who stand by us know how much we appreciate them.
I have told my husband how much I appreciate him. I have let him know that I never could have gotten well without his unwavering support. I am grateful that his love for me never diminished. And his pride over what I have accomplished has been evident throughout.
But perhaps I have not told him often enough. So...today, I celebrate Bernie, Daniel, KJ, Wes, Maurice, and Carolyn--six spouses/partners whom I know have supported their mates in extraordinary ways. If you want to add your spouse's/partner's name to the list, let me know! Or if you want to share the ways in which your spouse/partner helps you, I welcome your comment!
P.S. In response to Josh's comment, tomorrow I'll write about spouses/partners, friends, and relatives who don't help out. On Wednesday, I'll write about mindfulness meditation and depression.