Mental illness requires so much strength of spirit. For i never know when another intense period of struggle will engulf me. Somehow, i always manage to find my way through, but even so – i’ve had some close calls. It’s during these dark episodes that i find out just what i’m made of and often times, i become stronger than i ever knew i could be. Which is why i titled this self-portrait, Finding My Light in the Darkness. This goes out to all my brother and sisters out there, struggling with mental illness and those that love them. You are not alone.