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Webinar: Loving Someone Bipolar: Marriage Proposal

The webinar with The Family Stew Cartoon “Marriage Proposal” is a continuation of a ten post series to highlight the Webinar titled Loving Your Special Someone with a Psychological Disorder (“Loving Someone with Bipolar.”) My idea behind these posts simple:

Loving Bipolar Lost | Loving Bipolar Cow  | Loving Bipolar Cosmic  | Loving Bipolar Shovel | Loving Bipolar Proposal Proposal | Loving Bipolar Shovel | Loving Bipolar DepressionLoving Bipolar Hairline | Loving Bipolar Medication | Loving Bipolar Again 
  1. It is a way to celebrate and share with my readers–my wife, Joan Winifred, and myself, Chato Stewart, our Silver 25th anniversary!
  2. It is a way to tell the severe traumatic story in a comic fun cartoon style which allows peers to relate not only just to our words but to the cartoons/illustrations. (A picture is worth a thousand words so they say.) And maybe some can relate better to the story found in the cartoons.
  3.  Chato’s Notes will give you more info on each cartoon, kind of a bonus behind the scenes for the cartoons.

Neither Joan nor I give marital advice; we are not relationship doctors. We are a couple with lived-experience sharing what worked for us. Hopefully, if a peer can relate to something in the webinar as to what is said, read, or seen…and finds it helpful, great!

This webinar might seem like a happy and fluffy-bunny style love story.  At first!

If you can read between the lines, you’ll start to see a new dialog. If a picture is worth a thousand words (in this case a lot of cartoons), then this webinar has tens of thousands of words (a bunch of cartoon illustrations may say more than Joan, or I do about our not so fluffy parts of Bipolar or Bipolar Depression affecting our relationship.).  A much deeper story is exposed, and it is raw.  It is scary, at times, and it tells two sides (the light and the dark).

The following is part of a transcript of the webinar below.  I tweaked transcript and expanded on the slides info, giving a little more background for some of the cartoons adding to the 1000 words between the lines, one might say some extra gossip:

Chato Says:

I remember the nerves that day. I drove over to their house and apparently he was tipped off I was coming.  They sat me down in a room with the lights dim, and he said so I hear you have something you want to ask me? My throat was dry. My hands were shaking as he stood staring me down. Here I am 19 years old about to ask to marry his daughter. She is two years older than me, and now he’s ready to drill me with question after question as my own Father did (in my mind, I can hear the questions).  I’m ready for the Spanish Inquisition: how are you going to support her?  What are you going to do for work?  What happens if a baby comes along? What happens if you get sick? Do you have a car that works well (at the time we had a junk box vehicle)?  Do you think marriages last just because you love each other? (It takes more than love.) These are just some questions my own father posed at me and drilled me about.  And here I’m asking my girlfriend’s father to marry her …I can only imagine what type questions he’s going to ask me. 

When I had the courage to finally ask, “may I marry your daughter?” He stared at me which seemed like the longest stare.  Sweat must’ve been pouring down my face, and then he gave me a smile and said yes!  Now the next thing I had to do since I had his blessing was to pop the question to Joan.  If asking Joan’s father was this hard, it got me wondering if Joan would even say yes to my question!

This Is part of Story in a Webinar titled: Loving Your Special Someone with a Psychological Disorder. Hosted by Zoe

@chato.b.stewart

Here is a cartoon that you’ll see only in the Webinar:

Mental Health Humor and psychological disorder humor and cartoons by Chato Stewart

 

Mental Health Humor and psychological disorder humor and cartoons by Chato Stewart
Mental Health Humor and psychological disorder humor and cartoons by Chato Stewart

The Perfect Bipolar Marriage Proposal

Caption: Will You …Let ME drive you crazy!

Loving Bipolar Lost | Loving Bipolar Cow  | Loving Bipolar Cosmic  | Loving Bipolar Shovel | Loving Bipolar Proposal Proposal | Loving Bipolar Shovel | Loving Bipolar DepressionLoving Bipolar Hairline | Loving Bipolar Medication | Loving Bipolar Again 

 

Webinar: Loving Someone Bipolar: Marriage Proposal


Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). info@mentalhealthhumor.com


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APA Reference
Stewart, C. (2016). Webinar: Loving Someone Bipolar: Marriage Proposal. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 18, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2016/10/love-hate-bipolar-5/

 

Last updated: 6 Oct 2016
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