I wrote this poem after hearing about the loss of a beautiful young man named Drew. I do not know his family but I am saddened by the pain of their loss. Also, I did not know Drew but feel like we are connected in some way as I too am a lifelong member of the horrific debilitating Bipolar Disorder Club. I understand and feel his pain he must have lived with for many years of his life. I too suffer from severe Bipolar Disorder and have knocked on death’s door too many times and have been very close to my demise.
Suicide is a slow gradual painful decline
of a life and identity once known
A body slowly losing the ability to feel
and know the spirit still living inside them
They feel nothing
Their spirit faded from within their soul
No thoughts of hope, faith or living
Death has called them
and they answer
Without their spirit
death overpowers and wins
Bipolar Disorder loses another battle
fought so many times before
The bomb inside a Bipolar brain
explodes destroying the life it surrounds
Another beautiful life stolen
by the disease
inside a Bipolar brain
and overtaken by suicide
Rest in Peace
where there is no more pain
caused by a
Please know that this beautiful young man, spirit and soul did not want to leave this earth or his family or friends forever, he just could not bear the severe debilitating internal pain he was struggling with anymore. He felt like there was no other way to get rid of his pain. He loves you all deeply forever and always.
Also, know and realize that it was not anyone’s fault. There was nothing you could do or say to change what happened. It was Bipolar Disorder that killed him and nothing else. Also, this illness is not a disorder. It should be called a Bipolar Disease or a brain disease, as it is a very severe disease that happens to be in the brain.
Click on this link or on the bottom of my post if you want to read Drew Christensen’s Obituary which was in the Minneapolis Star and Tribune. I congratulate and praise his parents for saying his death was caused by suicide due to suffering from Bipolar Disorder for so many years. There is nothing to be ashamed of.
More people need to do the same as his parents are doing so we can increase awareness and education about mental illness, reduce the stigma of mental illness and end suicide.
Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Christensen from the bottom of my heart for your strength, courage, honesty and desire to help educate about bipolar disorder and mental illness and reduce the stigma of mental illness. Hugs and blessings to you always and forever.
we can all reduce the stigma of mental illness
and end suicide
one voice at a time.