I was born - and just before my thirtieth birthday finally diagnosed - with a rather rare mood cycling condition called cyclothymia. My particular variety is rapid-cycling, meaning that my moods can cycle as much as every few hours, which makes it even more unusual (and downright frustrating at times). I spent the first couple of years after my diagnosis learning about cyclothymia and working on treatment options while trying to feel "normal" and cover up the fact that I had a condition at all. After a whole lot of "I don't understand"s and "this sucks"s, I realized that normal is just a setting on the dryer, decided to one-up about my diagnoses, and became determined to use my condition to positively impact others. I've begun a personal mission to create awareness and education about mood disorders and mental health conditions, to offer support and hopefully even some inspiration to others who go through similar battles. I've focused this blog on that theme, and started a Facebook support group called Mood Disorders Support System. Lilies and Elephants now has it's own Facebook page as well.
In addition to cyclothymia, I also battle Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, severe IBS, migraines (in a variety of forms), and vertigo, and am an avid advocate for chronic and invisible illness.
Thanks so much for reading and I look forward to sharing with you!