About

AmyG

Hi and welcome to my blog “Shedding Light on Mental Illness.”  My name is Amy Gamble and I started this blog to join the dialogue on mental illness.  My hope is to share information and personal stories so I can connect with other people who live with mental illness or want to know what it’s like to live with it.

I feel like I searched the Internet, the library and the book stores trying to find some small bit of information that could inspire me or simply make me feel better about living with a mental illness and specifically Bipolar Disorder.  When I realized there was such a need to talk about mental illness I decided to start blogging.

I write about topics related to mental illness and my own struggles with bipolar disorder.  I don’t sugar coat much of anything, I just write from my heart.

A little bit about me:

I am a former Olympic Athlete who worked in the business world for nearly 20 years.  I have a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.  I have an undergraduate degree in Communication from the University of Arizona.  I’ve traveled extensively for business and pleasure visiting almost all the U.S. states and 25 countries around the world.

I love dogs and recently adopted a new doggie named Brownie!  I also have one cat named Mr. Kitty.  He’s a black and white cat I rescued somewhere in Missouri.

I live in recovery from Bipolar Disorder but I still have to manage it.  I learned how to manage it so it doesn’t manage me.  I decided a while ago to take back control of my life and the only way I was going to do that was to have a good treatment team of professionals,  the right medications and a solid support system.  (WOW!  Sounds so easy.)  But the reason I am here blogging is because it’s really difficult and I hope by sharing I can make it a little bit easier for someone else.

I recently started blogging for the International Bipolar Foundation. You can read the blog here International Bipolar Foundation Blog Link

If you would like to contact me personally you can email me at:  agamble162@aol.com

I look forward to connecting with you.

Amy

27 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hello, Amy! The aim of your blog is wonderful. I’ve also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and want to lessen the negative stigma about it and other mental illnesses.

    By the way, I also love dogs. I have a black lab named Riley and a rottweiler named Zeus. They’re vital in my recovering process.

    - Deirdre

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  2. Thanks for sharing Amy. I can certainly relate to your subject. I’m struggling to be comfortable with changing my old goals and high expectations that I had for myself before the diagnosis. Could it be related to the aging process and reflections of the past? I’m working on it. Thanks again. You are such a beautiful writer.

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  3. I am unfamiliar with WordPress (I use BlogSpot), is there a way to sign up for an e-mail notification whenever you post? I would very much like to continue to read and share your words, but I am always on the go.

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    1. I just added a “follow” button under the Blog for Mental Health 2014 badge. If you click on the follow button you’ll receive email notifications when I post something new. Thanks for your interest.

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  4. Amy, your words are very inspiring and so well written. They help me out a lot….from one who has shared many of the experiences after being diagnosed with bipolar illness. Thanks Amy

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  5. I want to say a belated “thank you” to you for following “A Way With Words.” My joy in writing is made more complete when people read what I’ve written.

    While I write primarily about faith and mental illness, I’m known to dabble in other subjects and stories and even try my hand at the odd poem. If you have any requests, please let me know.

    I appreciate what you are doing here on your blog, sharing your own journey of recovery and fostering dialogue about mental illness. I look forward to reading more of your work and perhaps conversing further in the days ahead.

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    1. Hi and thanks for your comments. I enjoy reading your blog and I am glad you are taking the time to follow mine. I read and research a great deal so I am planning to incorporate the knowledge I gain and bring it to my posts. I look forward to interacting with you. Once again, thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  6. Hi Amy,
    I have just seen a post of yours on the community pool and i thought i would post on here as opposed to commenting on your post. I think that the work you are doing on here is wonderful and I, like many others out there, wish for the stigma surrounding mental illness to be dropped. I have suffered in the past year with various issues surrounding my mental health and your blog has been really really interesting to read. Even though my blog isn’t directed toward mental health i do tend to talk about issues surrounding my generation and society at the moment- which mental health definitely falls into. I really look forward to following your blog in the future- its great!!
    Best Wishes,
    Lilli

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    1. Lilli,
      Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog and post your comments. I really believe if we continue to talk about and discuss mental health we will help others understand better and that understanding will in turn help us eliminate stigma. I am so happy you found my blog to be of some value. I hope I can continue to improve and make a difference. Thanks again.
      Amy

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  7. I understand your objective is to help anyone with such problem. Perhaps I see mostly everyone has some kind of depression/sadness in life and very few are good and mentally fit. regards.

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    1. My objective is to continue the conversation about mental illness so we can work on a better understanding of these illnesses and we can eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness. In a day where people really understand depression they would know the difference between just a little sadness and the debilitating symptoms depression can have, like not being able to get out of bed. One day people will understand how difficult it is to live with a mental illness and they will also understand it is not the person’s fault who gets diagnosed.

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  8. Hey Amy. Thanks for following my blog. I really wish you all the best in your struggle. I also suffer from Bipolar disorder and always look for more people to share the experience with. Wish u all the best

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