Jennifer Marshall used to spend her days as an agency recruiter for creatives. Her story took a dramatic turn when she experienced a manic episode. Over 12 years ago she suffered two manic episodes. After a series of doctor’s appointments she was officially diagnosed Bipolar Disorder – type 1.
She is now a wife and mother of two young children, whom she loves dearly. She began blogging on Bipolar Mom Life, telling her story about being a mother with Bipolar Disorder. She was hospitalized four times within five years – two before her diagnosis was reached, and two more because she was attempting to shield her infant son (during postpartum psychosis) and her unborn daughter – and all were due to the fact that she was unmedicated at the time.
Jennifer has grown after being diagnosed and learning to live with Bipolar Disorder. She has worked hard to find the right medications and a great therapist. She now strives to help others live with mental illness through her nonprofit organization, This Is My Brave, a platform where people share their stories live on stage through poetry, original music, comedy, and essay. The performances are professionally videotaped and are available for viewing on the This Is My Brave YouTube Channel. To date, This is My Brave has produced 34 unique shows across the US. The show has recently expanded internationally with two shows in Australia!