Breaking Into My Life: Growing Up with a Bipolar Parent and My Battle to Reclaim Myself

Breaking Into My Life: Growing Up with a Bipolar Parent and My Battle to Reclaim Myself

by Michelle Dickinson-Moravek

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“I heard he was just diagnosed with a mental illness. Can you believe that?” The speaker is laughing so hard she can hardly get the words out. “That sure explains a lot.” 

Oh my God, I think to myself. They could be laughing about my mother. 

In some ways things have not changed over the past thirty years. These women have absolutely no clue how hard it is on those suffering from mental illness or on those wrapped up in the lives of the mentally ill. No wonder I kept my story a secret. To be honest, I feel a little vulnerable sharing it now, but it’s time.

I wonder how many of us are confronted with this insensitivity day after day. I know firsthand how hard it is to cope with this disease. I spent my childhood loving a mother who suffered from bipolar disorder and who at times lived with it untreated. 

Her illness not only compromised her life, it compromised her family members’ lives as well. This book is designed to help us understand the world of mental illness, challenge and transform the “suffer in silence” dynamic, and make mental illness more understood, treated and accepted. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999858400
Publisher: Michelle Dickinson-Moravek
Publication date: 02/21/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 214
Sales rank: 696,542
File size: 807 KB

About the Author

Michelle Dickinson-Moravek, an associate director at Johnson&Johnson, has been in the pharmaceutical industry for over 18 years. Having grown up with a bipolar mother, she has spent her life grappling with impact of mental health issues and caregiving. Writing this book helped her break into her own life at long last.

Table of Contents

Part 1

Growing Up With Mom 


New Siblings  

The Magic of Christmas 

Controlling Mom 

School Break 

Abusive Mom 


Substitute Moms 

Come to My House 

Manic High Mom 

Hospital Mom 

Part 2

The Toll 

Escaping Home Life 

Not Comfortable in My Own Skin 

My Pity Party 


Learning to Accept My Home Life and Situation 

Awareness of My Own Needs 

Grandma’s Love 

Reveling in the Attention From a Boy 


Getting Away 

I Married My Mother 

Part 3


Reclaiming My Life 

Painful Love   

Tasting Happiness and Sorrow 

An End to the Pain 

Not Again 

Reality Check 

The Story of Brayson 




Fire Walkers 

Courage Over Fear 



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