Shawn Jones & Jillian Nicole

Woke up to find these beautiful photos and great writing with such a strong message attached. Here’s to LOVE and ending the stigma 😀

Ever heard the Dr. Seuss quote “We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love”? This quote could not be more fitting for my fiancé and I. Shawn has been diagnosed with severe ADHD, while I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. We’re fighting hard to end the stigma and show that everyone, even the “crazies”, can be truly happy if you just believe in optimism. (photograph of Shawn Jones & Jillian Nicole)

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was twenty-two. Whenever I tell people about my diagnosis, they are always shocked and say to me “but you’re always so happy!”. I think this is one of the biggest stereotypes of mental illness. People always seem to expect the “mentally ill” to look, well, mentally ill. We need to make sure that we get to really know people, and not just judge by what we see on the surface. Sometimes the happiest looking people are the ones that feel the most lost. (photograph of Jillian Nicole)

Shawn has struggled most his life with undiagnosed ADHD. Receiving his first diagnosis just a few months ago, it has come as a huge relief. He always struggled with feeling like he was too unmotived or too lazy to get anything done. Getting a diagnosis gave him a reason for these struggles – and with reason comes solution. (photograph of Shawn Jones)

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