About Cristina Fender, Author of Bipolar Vida Blog
Cristina Fender, diagnosed with Bipolar I in 2006, is a wife and a mother raising two young girls in Texas. Her oldest is six going on thirteen and is obsessed with Twilight. Her youngest is two going on zero since she prefers to be the baby of the family and is currently refusing to use the potty like a big girl.
Cristina spends most of her time chasing around kids and picking up after them while dealing with bipolar symptoms.
This award-winning blog, Bipolar Vida, features a journal of her life and how bipolar effects how she lives her life. Living with bipolar can often be difficult. Every day is a new experience. The ups and downs of Christina's life detail her journey. Even in the worst of times, she tries to find the good in her life. So, every day she opens the blinds to see the sunshine. Sometimes she doesn’t win the battle, but she’s determined to fight and win the war against bipolar.
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Bipolar Vida Blog Wins Top Patient Expert and Top Health Blog (May 20, 2010)
Here's what Organized Wisdom's Medical Review Team had to say about Cristina Fender and her Bipolar Vida blog:
"Mental health blogger, Cristina Fender, shares quality and personal bipolar disorder insights. Cristina breaks through the taboo barrier and journals about her feelings, thoughts, and experiences while living with this disorder. Her HealthyPlace.com Bipolar Vida blog chronicles her life as she "tries to open the blinds and see the sunshine." While she professes to not always win that battle, she sheds light for others struggling with bipolar disorder."
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Fender, C. (2010, January 12). About Cristina Fender, Author of Bipolar Vida Blog, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, June 4 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/bipolarvida/2010/01/about-cristina-fender
Author: Cristina Fender
Glad to see that you have found an outlet and are touching so many people. I hope that someday I will want to connect with people again as a concerned friend. For now, I must be in some sort of episode, as I have no concern for the feelings of others... fun isn't it? I am looking forward to reading more of your blogs in my search for answers. Thanks for sharing your symptoms and feelings as it does help to hear that we're not the only ones going through this out there.
It's good to see you here. I'm sorry to hear about your recent episode. But, remember that it shall pass.
My best luck to you,
I now take 4 Lithium capsules per day (300mg) andfeel great; Hy highs are not so uncontrollable and my lows are not so depressing.
I take 5 capsules per day and I'm finally beginning to see a little clearer. Life is good.
I just wanted to write and let you know that I am grateful you have taken the time to write your blog. I am just starting to look through it, but I am grateful. I have recently been diagnosed bipolar, and am still wrapping my mind around it all - what it means -for me as well as my family / friends. So, thank you for the reality that you write with / about!
Thank you, Sam. I try to write with the utmost honesty so that others can relate to what I write.
You must be going through a hard time right now. Being diagnosed is no easy thing to deal with at first. But, eventually you will gain acceptance.
Good luck to you and let us know how you're doing.
Diagnosed with Bipolar 1 in 1988, I married a friend in 1990 with two girls age 2 and 3 at the time which we raised and who now have sons of their own. My step-daughters have Antisocial Personality so you can imagine what we go through then and now. We will be married 20 years in June.
I have had most medications and treatments including shock therapy and alternative. I need mood stabilizers and anti-psychotics mainly. Anti-depressants seem to be ineffective or make me sicker.
Blogging and journaling helps me immensely to put it all into words. Thank You.
Congratulations on the accomplishments in your life! Two girls with children of their own is a feat unto itself. And, then on top of that, you have been dealing with your disease. It sounds like you've been through a lot. ECT is no laughing matter. It sounds like you're on the manic side of things. Antidepressants can only hinder you.
It's good that you've found an outlet in blogging. I find it therapeutic as well.
I have schizoaffective bipolar and SAD (seasonal affective disorder). I found out I was not getting enough sunlight and this was causing depression, so my DR. prescribed a Light Box for me available at Medical Supply Stores. Now I am feeling better, more energy and happy. If u r feeling blue during the winter months, I suggest u get checked and get a light box. They really work!
That sounds like a great idea, Nora! I'll discuss it with my doctor. In the meantime I changed all my light bulbs to full spectrum 100 watt bulbs. It's nice to be in a brighter environment!
Hello Cristina, my son has the bipolar disorder and we have a sucesful story. He is recovered after his last crisis, he is having a normal life and now we are enjoying it. I would like to ask you if you are taking medicine, that is one of the most important steps in the recovery. My son have had a new prescription and now it is the right dosis, he came back as he used to be, now he is our beloved son that we had in other time. Regards and hope you are following the steps to live a normal life.
I'm so pleased that your son is doing well. Sometimes all it takes is the right combination of medicine and love.
In answer to your questions--Yes, I take medication and, yes, I'm in recovery. I start every day with recovery in mind.
Some days the recovery takes hold. Some days I ache for spring to come so the happiness will return. Everybody's journey is not the same. Some of us recover fully. Some of us falter now and again and some of us never find our footing.
But you have a success story and it makes me smile.