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Make A Wish

Photography by contributor Katie McLaughlin, a teenager from Connecticut. Katie was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder and anxiety when she was thirteen years old. She has since been hospitalized many times due to both manic and depressive episodes. Thanks to medication, therapy, family, and friends, she is finally starting to live life to the fullest… one photo at a time.

About this photo: “This photo is a close-up of a dandelion and you’ve probably been told to blow on a dandelion and make a wish. When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I wished that I could be like all the other kids at my school or at least be able to tell them why I wasn’t in school for almost two months. Whenever I was hospitalized I wished that I never had to suffer from this illness. Three years later, I’m glad that those wishes didn’t come true. Every hospitalization, therapy session and pill that I’ve swallowed have made me into the person I am. My mental illness doesn’t define me but it did make me stronger. The only wish I have now is to help others embrace their mental illness and not be afraid to use their voice.


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7 comments on “Make A Wish

  1. cozysphere
    January 25, 2016

    This is a great photo, I like the macro photo of a flower


  2. Chad Wise
    January 25, 2016

    Great photo and inspirational story! Thank you for sharing it with the group!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Hank ahaw
    January 25, 2016

    Both your image and story are very beautiful


  4. Martha Hellander
    January 25, 2016

    Katie, What a gorgeous, magical photo! Thanks! Best wishes to you.


  5. bluebrightly
    January 26, 2016

    That’s a fabulous statement, Katie, and what a gorgeous image too.


  6. L.
    January 26, 2016

    Reblogged this on Living the Bi-Polar Life and commented:
    I don’t often choose to re-blog another writer, but something about Katie’s mature attitude on life, just makes me want to send out her message to others. For every person can support another, regardless of their age.


  7. L.
    January 26, 2016

    Reblogged to my site and Facebook page. Great words of wisdom Katie!


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