As a person who has survived 51 years with Bipolar Disorder, and who has been blessed to find Recovery, I love Carrie Fisher for having the guts to share her incredible journey-to inspire us all and to fight stigma.
She is a profile in courage in her struggle with an SMI, Bipolar Disorder. It was a sad day indeed when she succumbed to her demons.
While there is no doubt she is a hero, her fatal relapse also serves as a cautionary tale. We must remain vigilant and diligent to remain in recovery and out of the tempestuous storm of our disease. It is always waiting patiently to kill us.