Heather L Johnson
In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful
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stories

Stories contributed to In Search of the Frightening & Beautiful 4 / 2019. These are descriptions of transformative moments in people’s lives, from the subtle to the sublime. From each story I extract a key phrase and stitch it to a piece of linen that will be given as gifts to others I meet on the road, in exchange for a story of their own.

Stories contributed to the upcoming fourth leg of In Search of the Frightening & Beautiful. These are descriptions of transformative moments in people’s lives, from the subtle to the sublime. From each story I extract a key phrase and stitch it to a piece of linen that will be given as gifts to others I meet on the road this summer, in exchange for a story of their own.


Scott Campbell. Austin, TX / Houston, TX

Hi, this is Betty Sue.

There are over three million bipolar disorders - people with bipolar disorder - manic depressive bipolar disorder - in America, alone. This affects the way a lot of people live their life and behave and some people never get through it. Some people never get through it; some people live with it. It can't be cured. It's an incurable disease. It affects people - probably people you know. People go through their whole life not finding the right treatment, trying stuff, never getting satisfaction. Never getting the help they need. Some people die. 

I’m fortunate enough to have found some sort of light after fifty years of dealing with this disease. It has taken over my life. It has destroyed many relationships. So many dreams, many hopes, so many things I've tried and dreamed for my entire life and have strived to get but I just couldn't reach it, right out of my reach. I could never understand why I couldn't finish things or get things done. Why I couldn't hold a job. I couldn't do certain things after a certain point in my life. It just became so unmanageable. I tried every drug there was - illegal. Non-legal. Legal, but never could stick with anything to work. I know my three minutes is running out but I finally got the help that I need. I'm finally getting somewhere and understanding what is going on in my entire life to get to this point. Finally. I hope to get the right help and get on and enjoy the last fifty years of my life. Please find a way to let people know about this disease and what it does to people and help them get the help they need. It is so urgent for people to realize that this is a disease that you cannot control. You have to have medication. You have to help or you will never get well. Thank you for your time.

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