October, 2006
Jim B.
Email List Group Moderator


Bipolar World congratulates Jim B, our Volunteer of the month for the month of October, 2006.  Jim is a very friendly and supportive moderator in Bipolar World's email list where he often shares his personal experiences and knowledge with the many members there.  The members look forward to receiving his emails offering that special touch which can be so helpful in our times of need.  Jim is also a very active member of NAMI and DBSA where he also provides volunteer services.  



Jim, along with his wonderful wife and adopted son, lives about 45 minutes north of Indianapolis in Kokomo, Indiana.  His diagnosis of bipolar disorder type 1 with psychotic features was made in the fall of 2001 after many years of having symptoms.  Jim was relieved to know what he had was treatable but also found it a bit scary as most of us can relate to.  His wife has been diagnosed with treatment resistant depression and his son, who is 22, has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.


When working, Jim worked as a Unix Systems Administrator even though his degree is in electrical engineering.  He's currently on short term disability from his company and has applied for long term disability with them as well as applied for SSDI.


We asked Jim how he found Bipolar World and why he likes to provide volunteer services with us.  This is what he has to say:

"A little over a year ago, I was taking a class to be a NAMI facilitator, and one of the other students told me about Bipolar World.  He was really into chat, but I'm not.  I found the web page to be excellent, and was excited to find the mailing list, which I immediately joined.


I like to volunteer my time as a list moderator because it lets me feel like I'm giving something back to the group.  It makes me feel good."


Take a look the next time you're in the email list and you'll see how selflessly Jim shares his life and his world with the rest of us.  He's a true gem and a keeper for sure.  Jim, we're so very honored you've chosen Bipolar World and the email list to volunteer in.  Your special touch travels a long way!  Lots of hugs from us all.


Special Thanks from Allie and David



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