In this medical health video Sue Bergeson, President of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, shares her journey of recovery, which is at the core of her life and the message that she gives to others.
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Host: Sue Bergeson is a leader in the Bipolar and Depression community. She is president of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, DBSA, and she has been a strong voice in the mental health community for decades, connecting with people through an open and candid dialogue. Sue Bergeson: I think there are ways where when we have conversations with each other, when I talk a little bit about some things I'm thinking about and some of the struggles on my own recovery journey and then I get feedback from people and people say, yeah, I have that going on or I though about this or how about that. I think we learn much more from each other, it really motivate us and help us on a recovery journey. I don't profess to be the expert. I'm lucky enough to be in contact with a lot of people who are my heroes. So I just want to share some thoughts and ideas and see if that resonates with other people out there and how people helped me in my recovery journey too. Host: The journey of recovery is at the core of Sue Burgeson's life and the message that she gives to others. Sue Bergeson: Some people think that you imagine that you won't have this illness anymore. This is an illness I will always have my whole life but recovery for me means, a full life in the community or my illness doesn't get in the way of my hopes and dreams and my plans for the future. So recovery is much, much more than simply being stable on my medication. It means having a full life. Host: And Sue believes, being diagnosed to the mental illness is a blessing not a curse because you can begin the road to treatment. Sue Bergeson: First of all, I'm so glad that you've been diagnosed because now you can do something. Now you can let your life begin. So this is good news. Sometimes people think, oh my god, my life is over. Well, actually your life has begun because now you can treat your illness instead of having your illness controlling you. Host: It's her frank words that have made Sue Bergeson a staple in the mental community and have made her shareposts among the most popular on BipolarConnect.com. And it is through her writing and her work with DBSA that Sue Bergeson is able to deliver the message of hope. Sue Bergeson: It gives me hope. Believe in my ability to move forward in life. Don't just treat my symptoms, so that I'm less sad but give me hope for full life in the community and I think that's what we need to hold on to. I think that hope is the single most important thing. There are days when I have no hope because I live with this illness all the time, bad and good, but some can hold my help for me. There are days when it's the hardest thing I have to say no, today is not great but I hope that tomorrow will be better, and I will stay the course. I will stay here and I will work my wellness for a better future for myself.

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