I didn't go crazy overnight, although that's how it felt and must have looked to anyone who'd been watching. In August of 2003 my mind finally succumbed to the bi-polar illness I had been fighting, hiding and desperately trying to igre. The years that followed were filled with broken dreams and rearranged hopes. I've flirted with death, danced with mania and gambled with my sanity. In spite of all my baby steps to stability, my fireflies of madness raged on. This is a story of truth, struggle and managing my redefined life through the lens of my camera, paint from my brush and ink from my pen. Through two breaks, one partial hospitalization and an additional diagsis--borderline personality disorder--I am learning to navigate to my rmal. I am Mia.