Jasmine Cutting DBSA Ambassador

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Total Number of Gifts: 6
Total Value of Gifts: $650.00

Recent Donors

Bridget-Anne Hampden

David D. Cutting



Mrs. Margaret Ena Deane

F. Deane

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Many Thanks to My DBSA Ambassador Network

My story- The whole truth

Hi my name is Jasmine Cutting. I was diagnosed in 2000 at the start of my college career. It started with me being depressed on the drive up to my school and then it quickly escalated to a mania about 2 weeks later. I didnt know what was happening at the time, but when I was taken to the school infirmary, it was decided that i should be taken to McLean Hospital in Massachusetts. It was then made clear to me the next day that my diagnosis was Bipolar II. I didnt know what that meant at the time and was frustrated because I wanted to go back to school and have fun. It was parents' weekend at school and there was a big football match that I wanted to go to.

Whereas I had no childhood trauma in my life or abuse or anything of that nature happen to me, this experience was traumatic enough. My parents felt the brunt of it, but they have been supportive of me and my condition from the very beginning. Without them I would be nowhere!! Thank you mum and dad =).

It has been a long bumpy road and I am still struggling with being stable, but I am happy to say I am well on my way to recovery. I want to say thank you to my brother and sister and my extended family too for standing by me!! They have been very accepting of everything that has come my way.

The DBSA has helped me immensely! I found a group in my neighborhood and started attending in January 2011. I had to leave my town to go to a residential program, Skyland Trail in Atlanta, and stayed there for six months. That program helped me grow into myself even if i didnt realize it at the time. I am reaping the benefits from it now. I left Skyland Trail in October 2011 and have been living with my parents ever since. Life is stress free. I have no bills and I am grateful for that. I understand that not everyone is in this situtation, so I do realize how fortunate I am.
I started attending the DBSA support group again in January 2012 and have been attending consistently since then. I thank Marilyn Burdick, Stephen Minister at Johns Creek Methodist Church, for leading the group. She has been amazing and kind. A true champion in supporting my efforts!!

This is my story. I encourage anyone who has not thought about learning more about themselves and their disorder to log on to the DBSA website and begin their journey. It has truly opened my eyes. DBSA has a lot of knowledge to offer and I enjoy the monthly newsletters. I honestly dont always get to read them, but when I do, I always learn something new, or something interests me to want to investigate further.

Thank you DBSA for being around for people like me. You truly are a champion at what you provide!!

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