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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

AWARENESS WEDNESDAY: Start SEEING Motorcyclists and Bipolar

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This week I'm featuring 
Teri from The Bipolar Diva
Images below belong to Teri
except KyAnn's little on.  ;p 
It's not even a whole minute...

You've heard the quotes
"Don't judge a book by it's cover"
The following are from Quote Daddy:
“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path.” ~ Paulo Coelho
“Our senses don't deceive us: our judgment does”
 ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well nor the judgment to hold their tongues” ~ Jean de la Bruyere
I have to tell you, I have met some pretty rough looking people that are the most genuine and kind individuals that would give you the shirt off their back if you needed it. On the other hand, the doctor that delivered my 3rd child was a biker... I have met some really awesome women that
Couples that meeting them in other circumstances 
you'd likely never guess...
and they're AWESOME!
I ask you, is this not an adorable bike?
THIS is Teri's Harley!!
Teri was 43 the 1st time she got on a bike and WAS hooked!
within 6 months She owned TWO!!  
She has been married to her husband since 1988 
She's a mom to 8, 2 biological and 6 they adopted.
All but one of her children were home-schooled.
Her husband has 3 more children
All together she is a grandmother to 13!!
She's also conservative...
(There is a lot more on her post)
"...traffic came to a standstill. I was watching the car in front of me when suddenly my bike jolted forward. I saw pieces of my back signal light fly past my left eye. I was thrown forward. I hit the highway. I remember trying to hit in a way to minimize injury. I remember trying not to hit my helmet. I loved my helmet. I didn’t want it scratched. It seemed like forever, it seemed like seconds. "

"I was on the ground and unable to move. I knew not to move my head so I couldn't see what I was looking for. Where are my husband and my bike? I remember thinking that if traffic had been going faster I would have been run over. I saw Jeff and another man. They were talking to me. Even though I could think I don't remember understanding them. It was surreal. People were moving and speaking. Nothing was in sync. Voices were swirling. People were hovering. I wasn't sure what was happening. There were so many faces. I didn't recognize any of them."

"I can remember asking Jeff to call 911. I told him my leg was broken. I asked him to call the kids and call my father. There was a woman. She was an ICU nurse. She came from nowhere and she was standing at my head. A silver convertible stopped and a man came toward us. He was a doctor. God was with me. Still I heard no sirens. Where were they? I was lying in the middle of the highway, was anyone stopping traffic? Suddenly people were everywhere. They were all asking if I had been wearing a helmet. I thought that was funny. "It’s Oregon law and I'm not that stupid" is what I was thinking. I didn't remember that my helmet had already been removed. "

"The asphalt was searing my shoulder and arm. I was crying uncontrollably. Where was my bike? Was it ok? Where's my husband? I want my dad. Who the hell hit me and where were they? Why weren't they there? Were they hurt? Did they even care? My foot was really hurting from my ankle up to my hip. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t understand. "
"...That was three and a half years ago. A subsequent MRI showed that I had a crushed heel bone. I couldn’t walk for four months. The woman that hit me had been on her cell phone. She never got out of the car. She didn’t render aid. She didn’t call 911. She called her attorney. A state trooper had to beat on her window and threaten to arrest her to get her to open her door. "  
~ Teri
CHECK your blind spots
Be cautious around corners
Stay off your stinking cell phone
(That one will be a WHOLE NEW POST)
and for crying out loud,
How about these organizations??
The list goes on...
One I share in personally
This is what she says on her profile:
"I was diagnosed with Bipolar II in 2008 and am trying to take control of it and not let it take control of me. It most certainly makes my life interesting, as if life with 8 kids, three cats, three dogs and a husband isn't enough."
  • If you see this cause pop up more frequently, it is because being personally affected with this, I feel it's important to fight against the STIGMA that surrounds this disorder. For instance, people hear BIPOLAR DISORDER and THIS is what they see in their minds if they are not educated about the wide scale of it:

Just so you KNOW... as we may feel this way at times, we CAN keep things under control and make conscious efforts, take medication that helps balance the chemicals in our brain and lead productive and fulfilling lives. Another reason it's so important to speak out is because of all the individuals that are so caught up in the stigma that they are afraid to be diagnosed. They have NO IDEA how much better their lives will be if they recognize it and take responsibility of it.

Teri hits the nail on the head with this, "When you know your enemy, you can fight them offensively. I like that my enemy has a name and it's not Diva. It's going to be a challenge, but really I'm the same person I've always been, just now I know why things get so skewed sometimes and why my moods can fall so quickly. I wasn't going to tell anyone, but I am the same person, I'll keep the good and work on the bad. And now you'll know when I disappear for awhile or am quiet, it's not you, it's me and I will be ok." This quote comes from a post where she describes when she learned of her diagnosis: Two Little Words

She has so many GREAT posts that really speak out and help others understand this disorder a bit more if they will just open their minds and become more familiar and less judgmental. This one has several links within it, also:  Bipolar? Diva? What? That's Just Crazy!

I want to thank The Diva for being a voice in so many ways and sharing her life with us here. I have found many causes she's passionate about. I have absolutely LOVED getting to know her better and having someone to relate to in some ways. I have to admit I'm too chicken to ride a Harley. She has beautiful scenery shots on her blog from their road trips!

Hubby had a motorcycle before me and his first wife didn't love it. I, too am afraid that he'd be in an accident and injuries are so much worse, as stated above, many don't "SEE" them, and too frequently the outcome is downright UGLY. (He absolutely LOVES his 4 wheeler but is more cautious around me... LOL!!) 

I think it comes from some of the HORROR stories I'd hear when I was young and my mother (who is an RN) would come home with gory details of what came into the ER that day. She was fascinated by it, which is good for her chosen profession and we NEED THEM!!! I just don't have the stomach for it. LOL!! So in a way, I admire the fearless side of Teri and how she can grab the bull by the horns an RUN!!!


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Lisa said...

Geez, I don't have the stomach for it, either. I hate accidents of any kind, but when you hear it's a motorcycle accident, oh, there's just no hope. Love you, Holl. Thanks for the reminder.

The Bipolar Diva said...

Thank you so much. You ROCK!!

Holly said...

Thanks for stopping by!
Lisa and Teri, you BOTH ROCK!!
I'm surprised Kristina didn't catch the clip of the HOFF singing Confrontation... LOL!! It was a LONG POST... But there was just so much AWESOMENESS about Teri, I couldn't help it!! (((HUGS)))

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