My Name is Laurie Pinard and I live with a Mental Illness – on Holy Hormones Honey! October 3

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My Name is Laurie Pinard and I Live with a Mental Illness
Noon ET; 11 am CT; 10 am MT; 9 am PT
October 3
Holy Hormones Honey!
VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel

 

 

Laurie Pinard is a 44-year-old woman who has fought her way back to health from the edge of darkness and despair. She lost everything she had, and she nearly lost her life. Laurie now dedicates her life to giving hope to anyone who suffers from mental illness with the message that it is possible to get well and lead a fulfilling, productive life.

Throughout young adulthood, Laurie struggled to understand the dramatic highs and lows of her emotions, and it was not until her early forties that she received the correct diagnosis of bipolar disorder. She sought help in the form of psychiatry, nutritional supplements, exercise and diet because medications never worked for her. Through this multifaceted support system, Laurie found a strength and resolve she never knew she had. It was a new found sense of hope that pushed Laurie to finally share her story with the world in 2011. Today, Laurie shares her story on Holy Hormones Honey!

Laurie Pinard

Laurie Pinard appearing on CTV National News Show “Power Play”.

Laurie Pinard is an exercise enthusiast and running instructor living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Throughout young adulthood, Laurie struggled to understand the dramatic highs and lows of her emotions, and it was not until her early forties that she received the correct diagnosis of bipolar disorder. After hitting rock bottom, resulting in the loss of her career and all her possessions, Laurie decided to fight for her life. She sought help in the form of psychiatry, nutritional supplements, exercise and diet because medications never worked for her. Through this multifaceted support system, Laurie found a strength and resolve she never knew she had. It was a new found sense of hope that pushed Laurie to finally share her story with the world in 2011. In 2012, Laurie was chosen as one of five individuals representing Canadians in the Faces Campaign by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. This national campaign highlights awareness about mental health issues. Laurie then became a spokesperson for Bell Media’s Let’s Talk Campaign in 2013 to educate the country on reducing stigma surrounding mental illness. Laurie has appeared in every national newspaper publication in Canada and on national television to talk about her story and encourage others to take ownership of their illness and seek the help they need. Laurie represents self-determination, resiliency, and hope; she speaks nationally about her story of battling back from mental illness and lets people know it is possible to reach recovery and live a healthy, fulfilling life.

My story is about hope. My story is about the fight. My story is about how Truehope EMPowerplus helped me regain a life I thought I’d lost.

I’m a 44-year-old woman who has fought my way back to health from the edge of darkness and despair. I lost everything I had, and I nearly lost my life. I’m here to give hope to anyone who suffers from mental illness that it is possible to get well and lead a fulfilling, productive life. Taking EMPowerplus was the way back for me.

This is my story.

I used to have a big life but lost it all — a career in politics at the highest levels, money, possessions, my car, my home, and most of my relationships—because of my mental illness. I suffered for years from bipolar disorder until I hit rock bottom in 2009. I have tried to take my own life more than once and was hospitalized several times. It wasn’t until my 40s that I admitted I needed help and sought it.

I never believed I could get better. I never believed in hope or the possibility of a healthy existence. All I saw was darkness. My mind didn’t work, and my body was in constant pain. I was a broken person. How could it be possible that I could ever get better? With the help from Truehope’s nutritional supplement EMPowerplus and my psychiatrist, I discovered the road to recovery, the road to hope.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.