Please say a warm hello to first-time contributor Karina Barszewski Churchill, a 38-year-old aspiring novelist and amateur photographer. Karina has bipolar and generalized anxiety disorder, diagnosed in 1999. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in creative writing. She then went on to the University of Buffalo to receive a Masters of Library Science. She is a lover of books and libraries. Unfortunately due to her mental illness she was only able to work as a librarian for a short time before going on SSD. She married a wonderful man in 2003 and they now share a house with Mojo (a Maine Coon Cat) and her best friend, Indiana (a Shetland Sheepdog with one blue eye and one brown eye).
About this photo: “‘Bridge’ was taken at the end of my professional career as a librarian, when bipolar depression had begun to engulf my mind again. This particular depression with bouts of anxiety and migraines would last four years and change, getting much worse (after this photograph was taken) before it got better. I never thought crossing this bridge – from faking a professional persona to becoming myself, a whole person with artistic aspirations and a lovely family, would be so treacherous and take so long. But as this photograph foreshadows, I made it back into the light, glowing with the gift of life..”