I have lost a lot in my life because of my bipolar disorder. I have been in and out of hospitals since I was 14 years old. It was really hard for me to accept my disability because I was not in control of my illness. I have anxiety that makes it hard for me to breathe. My manic episodes send me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Even through my struggles, I have overcome many adversities in my life like accepting my diagnosis and seeking treatment. I learned to take my medicine and use my coping skills such as drawing and painting. I love to engage in art during my spare time. Creating artistic works connects me to the simpler time of my childhood.