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Wonderful People who have donated their time and efforts to Share with you their knowledge and experience


Officially begins today, Please support our MoBro’s in their efforts to increase Awareness for men’s health including Depression and Prostate Cancer!

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in Australia and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men.

On Movember 1st, guys register at with a clean-shaven face and then for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and their female supporters (known as Mo Sistas) celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.



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Donations Close August 16th!

The girls had an Amazing Day participating in Run Melbourne representing our page. They work really hard even at school and church to increase awareness of mental health. They don’t talk about it the way we do. Rather they talk about, acknowledge and respect the feelings of their classmates and those around them. Expressing care for their friends and even those who aren’t….if only they would express more care for each other’s feelings my life would be complete!

But sisterly love aside, they really do try to make a difference in the lives of those they meet. Tomorrow at school during the assembly they will be each presented with a certificate for their efforts. completing the 3km Kids run for the Run Melbourne Event and in doing so Raising $240 which everyday hero provides to Neuroscience Research Australia, to continue valuable research into this Disorder.

They didn’t do it for me, they didn’t even do it for their step father. In fact they did it for a very good friend of theirs who has been their pen pal for a number of years who lives in the US, a 19 year old girl named Alex who lives with Bipolar Disorder.

I have a 20×30 print of Shannon and Jac during the run along the Yarra which the largest donor will be receiving once donations close this month.

Please do take the time to Visit their individual blogs available from our Team Page, see their Finish line Video’s and their story of why this means so much to them individually.

For three young ladies aged 7, 9 and 10. I am amazingly proud of what my daughters achieved last month and the determination and motivation with which they did it. I encourage you all to support them, and promise you that it means so much to them that they will be back again for a repeat performance next year!

Donations can be made at their Everyday Hero Pages.

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Embrace the Sparkle #7 – Bipolar & Memory

Over the last year or so I’ve started to notice that I just can’t remember things like I used to. I forget what I’m going to the store for, or a bit of this or that for work. Usually its something little and usually when I’m feeling a bit more manic than usual. Hubby and I had discussed if it were my treatments that was making me a little less able to remember things. I’ve even toyed with the idea of looking into lithium because it’s known to enhance gray matter…. The only issue is that it makes you nearly catatonic. Not a place I want to be.

Today I began on a good note, things were well. I did gain a bit again on the Wii, which always annoys me. There’s issues with the extended family as I’ve ranted about before. The job situation is still on hold for hubby and mine seems to have stabilized.

Yesterday we sold our last puppy so our business, ETKennels, is now officially closed. Lots of stuff going through my head. I then see a blog post on FB by the Bipolar Family Support Group Page that says that Bipolar disorder and memory loss are very common.
Reading through the comments I felt as though they were telling my story. I quickly ran to my favorite learning tool (Google) and search for bipolar and memory. The results were astounding. I had no idea that they were related. Granted I’ve really only been actively living with bipolar and not ignoring it for the last 7 years.

I was and am still afraid that one day I’ll end up a shopping cart lady. Walking around the street, dirty and alone. I’m so afraid that I’ll be crazy. I hate that when I do finally realize that I’m having a mania that it’s only after someone points it out to me and usually that someone is hubby. He has to deal with me with all this.

I think he’s up for a Sainthood soon.

So after it’s over, and you’re coming down, when the world slows down and you can finally see the other side of the room, reach out to that person that you have there. Tell them you love them. Tell them thank you and mean it. Reach out and embrace the sparkle.

Links on Memory Loss & Bipolar

Bipolar & Memory Loss
Can Bipolar Disorder Affect Memory Functioning?
Bipolar Disorder and Memory Loss

Namaste & Blessed Be


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Introducing myself :)

I thought I’d pop my head up and say hi.

My name is D Kai Wilson-Viola, and I’m one of the vollunteer writers here – I also help moderate the group over on Facebook.

I’m bipolar, and the author of several books about bipolar disorder, along with lots of fiction.  I own and run a copywriting company, so I can stay at home for my kids (11 and 9 currnetly)  and write.

I love to take photos, talk writing and graduate at the end of next month.  For which reason, I’m probably not going to be on the blog much till the end of next month, but I’ll give it a try.

I also run my own bipolar and mental health related blog, over at, so there’s a possibility that you know of me already.

My speciality is Bipolar disorder and psych research – I graduate at the end of this year with a degree in Psychology and Creative Writing, so I’ve really learned to explore stuff as far as it takes me bfore making a decision.

So, yes, that’s me 😉

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