I have not been shy about my admiration for the National Treasure of the UK, Mr Stephen Fry is in many ways an inspiration to me. His intellect, his wit and his work to educate people in many issues are just the beginning of what could be said about him.
However, what made Mr Fry relatable to me is his openness about his Bipolar disorder. I did not know that many people had bipolar when I was first diagnosed, I kept quiet about it, because having a mental disorder was such a big taboo. Then I watched his documentary, "The Secret Lives of the Manic Depressive" and it changed me. I spoke up more about my condition, I knew more about what was going on in me, and I could work towards getting a handle on it. It has been an uphill battle but up till now, I seem to have less and less spell.
Some time ago, I saw the following on a website:
(Source: Crystal; Image: Stephen Fry, via.)
Early-2006, during a bout of depression, a young lady by the name of Crystal Nunn wrote a desperate letter to Stephen Fry. Says Crystal:
"I had no idea who to turn to. But I really needed someone to turn to and to ease the pain. So I wrote to Stephen Fry because he is my hero, and he has been through this himself. And low and behold, he replied to my letter, and I will love him eternally for this."Mr. Fry's wonderful reply can be seen below.
Thank you for your beautiful words that calmed my mind in the wildest moments.
Happy Birthday Mr Fry!