Author: Linda Margison

19-year-old wants to ‘be the change’ as she faces bipolar disorder

19-year-old wants to ‘be the change’ as she faces bipolar disorder

 

ELLETTSVILLE, Ind. — Rachael Brown, a 19-year-old student at Ivy Tech Community College, heard a shocking diagnosis when she had an adverse reaction to painkiller during wisdom teeth extraction: She suffered from bipolar disorder.

According to behavioral specialist Cheryl Ferguson, bipolar is a disorder that manifests with episodes of mania and depression, once called manic-depressive disorder.

Brown’s therapist has explained to her the symptoms of her diagnosis.

“There will be times when I’m super hyper and I can’t sleep and I’m feeling my mind is racing, or there will be times when I’m maybe not like feel depressed, but I won’t be able to move as quickly, I will feel drowsy, things like that,” she said.

“And it can change at the drop of the hat, which is still scary for me, because I’m a person of consistence. I like to have the same thing, every day, every time, and having a monkey wrench thrown into my plans, and thrown in my life, really, is something I’m just going to have to get used to.”

Despite the changes Brown has had to make in her life, like taking the semester off from school and missing two weeks of work, she is keeping a positive attitude about how to cope with her diagnosis.

“I’m definitely learning my triggers,” she said. “I’m starting to learn… what’s happening to my body and that kinda helps me breathe through it, because it’s hard to breathe something when you don’t know if it’s going to end or what’s happening to you.”

She is grateful for the support of her family and friends.

“My friends and my family, they changed everything. I was able to live with my parents for a while and they were so supportive… I remember asking them hundreds of times a day, ‘Am I ever going to get better?’ ‘Am I going to be OK?’ You know, ‘What’s wrong with me?’ And they would always respond with the same calm, ‘Yes, you’re going to be OK, you’re going to be fine, we love you, people love you, you’re going to get through this.’”

Brown also has learned that the right medication and therapy can help her feel better.

“When I got on the right medication and I started to feel better, it was like night and day, and I was able realize the hope (family and friends) had given me… The support was what really got me through and changed my outlook,” she said.

Breathing is her main coping mechanism. She stops and breathes, “five seconds in, five seconds out,” and imagines her “happy place,” an Irish farm. She also says talking with someone she trusts helps her get through an episode.

“If I talk to someone I’m really close to, and just able to talk through, like just ramble and talk through anything that comes into my mind, if I can say it, it helps me get through it and deal with whatever thoughts I (have),” she said. “Having people who will just sit there and listen to me rant for a couple of minutes really, really helps me.”

She said she’s not letting her diagnosis change her future in a negative way.

“I’m just going to take it a day at a time,” Brown said. “I want to inspire people… be the change.

“I think mental health isn’t talked about as much as it should be and that’s why it’s stigmatized… I think, maybe, just if people hear a lot about it, maybe it will help them to be more understanding to those of us who have to deal with it everyday.”

 

About Bipolar Disorder

Cheryl Ferguson, an independent behavioral specialist and resident of Nashville, Ind., offers insight about bipolar disorder in this audio interview:

 

Ferguson has a master’s degree in non-teaching Special Education and a master’s in Education Psychology. She is a certified school psychologist in several states and worked in that capacity for 10 years.

“I got tired of putting labels on kids,” she said, explaining why she moved into the behavioral specialist field.

Now, she works independently as a behavior specialist and owns and operates an ice cream shop, The Sunshine Shack, in Nashville, with her husband.

[Music: “Fluidscape” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/]

Daughter shares memory of mom at Alzheimer’s walk

Daughter shares memory of mom at Alzheimer’s walk

 

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Fort Wayne resident Delana Etnyre joined 19 other family members Saturday, Oct. 10, to honor her mother, Verna Bates, at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

It was the 14th anniversary of Bates’s death.

After the event, Etnyre shared a memory about Hershey’s candy bars and how they became a shared private moment between her and her mother. She said the memory “is close to my heart, because it starts when I was very young and ends when she was very old.”

Her niece, Loretta Fox, said she raises money and walks each year for the Alzheimer’s Association, “because [Granny] was my best friend, and I do it for her… so she always knows I remember her.”

Fox also shared a memory about her granny.

 

For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, visit www.alz.org or call (800) 272-3900.

Habitat raises funds, and then walls, to get family in home by the holidays

Habitat raises funds, and then walls, to get family in home by the holidays

 

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PEOGA, Ind. — After two fundraisers in the past few months, Brown County Habitat for Humanity is ready to raise the walls on this year’s partner family home.

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, workers will frame the walls on this three-bedroom house for Nathaniel and Rachelle Nash and their three children, Desirea, Jordan and Nate.

The plan is to have the family moved in by the end of November, so the Nashes’ home church, Church of the Lakes in Cordry-Sweetwater, plans to step in to provide labor and food for the volunteers, according to Rachelle Nash.

Sandie Jones, a Habitat board member, said the organization’s inaugural garage sale in August raised $4,891 and the Hike for Humanity on Sept. 26 brought in $6,400.

“It was a great event with 50 hikers participating,” Jones wrote in a message.

The money raised will fund the no-interest loan that the Nashes will pay back over time, according to Rachelle Nash.

Nashville mom shares passion for flowers with young daughters

Nashville mom shares passion for flowers with young daughters

 

NASHVILLE, Ind. — Village Florist designer Jamie Rumple is passing down her love of flowers to her two young daughters on their goat farm in Brown County.

When she takes home unsellable flowers from work, the little girls design their own arrangements for their rooms.

“At 6 and 3, they have tons of talent,” she laughs.

Rumple remembers always having a flower garden at her own mother’s house. That’s when her interest began.

“We planted some beautiful Star Gazer lilies and every year when they come up, she [her mom] reminds me that those were planted just for me and she sends me pictures.”

Rumple’s career in flowers began at 13, when her family moved to a house near a florist in Rush County. She decided to check out the shop and walked away with a job that she held off and on for 15 years.

“Flowers [are] my passion,” she said. “I like more extravagant, nice, high-style design and weddings. Weddings are a real knack for me. I really enjoy them.”

Now in Brown County, she’s living out that passion as Village Florist’s main designer.

But it’s a process that’s difficult for her to explain.

“Usually it just kind of flows,” Rumple said. “I don’t know. It just comes naturally there’s no way to explain it. It just happens. It’s just like a vision, and it just happens… It’s not as easy as it looks.”

She has big dreams for her floral career. She’d love to become certified by the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) and have her designs widely published in magazines. She wants to be a floral designer to the stars.

At the root of it all, though, are flowers.

“They’re just beautiful,” she said, “and to be able to make something nice and for it to put a smile on someone else’s face, just brings great joy.”

See Rumple’s designs at Village Florist, 188 S. Jefferson St. Order an arrangement by calling (812) 988-7045 or visiting the flower shop’s website.

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