Recovering alcoholic who is diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety, depression, and bipolar one. I am a retired veteran, husband and step father to an amazing 9 year old. I have lived with my illnesses for several years and continue to learn each day on how to cope with mental illness. There are good and bad days and I work hard each day on my communication skills and being honest with my partner. This blog is an outlet to write my thoughts, feelings, moods and anything else creative I desire; to be free from judgement. I hope that my stories relate and can be helpful in your understanding of mental illness.