Cory Collins's DBSA Ambassador


Total Number of Gifts: 8
Total Value of Gifts: $632.00

Recent Donors

Anonymous

The Littrell Family and various donors

Mills family

Various donors

Ralph Saint Pierre

Grandma and Grandpa

Christopher "Thor" Weiss

Anonymous

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Many Thanks to My DBSA Ambassador Network

My name is Cory Collins and I have Bipolar Disorder. When I found out a year ago, it was a huge blow to me. It took me back to the 4th grade when I was diagnosed with various learning disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD. At that young of an age you don't know what to tell kids when they ask why I was all of a sudden in a different classroom. Little did I know that what was thought to be signs of ADHD would actually turn out to be Bipolar. I was in my 5th year of college when I found out I was Bipolar and, of course, I just went through a break up at the time. So I immediately shut down. It was the lowest point of my life. I hid it from everyone for fear of the stigma that goes along with this disorder. I never thought I would be anything or do anything with my life. I thought I'll never meet anyone again and that I was unloveable. But wouldn't you know it - not but 3 months later - I met a wonderful girl; a "game changer" if you will. When I told her I was Bipolar she didn't bat a eye lash. She looked at me like "ok and..." It's amazing how you can change when one person believes in you no matter what. It completely changed how I looked at my disorder. I started being more open and telling more people and it felt great. I started seeing it for the blessing it really was. She has made me realize I am capable of much more than I ever thought. I am competing at Ironman Austin in Austin Texas in the half Ironman event on October 26th. I have been working out six days a week for a couple years just as an outlet for all my pent up feelings that I now know as Bipolar Disorder. But I have never done anything like this. My goal is to show everyone that even if you suffer from a mental illness, anything is possible. I want to raise awareness about mental illnesses and to erase the stigma. I have shirts that I am selling to raise money for the DBSA and taking private donations. I hope to do what my now girlfriend has done for me - for others with mental illness. That is show them it doesn't matter what you suffer from, you still have worth beyond what you know and you can accomplish anything.


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