|On July 31,
2006 Colleen Sullivan spent her final day as owner of Bipolar
World. Due to illness, she is forced to retire from active
involvement in the web site she founded more than ten years ago.
Her memories are many and
varied, and she has nothing but good wishes for Allie and David,
who will be filling her shoes (one each lol) effective August 1.
She reports as follows:
A serious suicide attempt
and my own healing was what drove me to make a web site. My desire
to help others not go through what I had was the influencing
factor, and I truly felt that if I were able to help just one
person, my efforts would be all worth while.
Thinking back to the
beginning of the site is a long reach. When I began, I had no idea
of how to make a web page, or what html was. I accessed many
tutorials on line, and stumbled often, but finally had about 30
pages - a semblance of a web site. Back then the thought of
Bipolar World hadn't even been born. My first sorte into the World
Wide Web was called "Bipolar Disorder and Weight Gain." It was a
topic that many people were interested in, but without the
addition of varied topics it didn't take off. I was lucky to get
30 visitors a day - and I was happy with that, but still wanted
I participated in bulletin
boards, both alone and with others, and felt they were a good
avenue of support. I wasn't as familiar with chat rooms but knew
that there were a few of them available. At the same time I worked
for an online information site similar to About.com as an editing
manager of mental health, and enjoyed it, but it really wasn't
what I wanted to do.
On April 12, 1998 Bipolar
World in its present state was born. There was nothing truly
momentous about the name ... I can think now what an apt name it
has been, but in retrospect it was about all that was available
that I would consider at all!
I worked hard to build the
site, and learned more about Bipolar Disorder than I have ever
thought possible. But it soon grew to the point where I couldn't
handle it alone ... more people were coming, the chat room and
bulletin boards were busy, and I was adding page after page of
information. My friend Ben (Kodiak) handled the bulletin board for
me in the early days, and early in 2000 Allie and John
became my partners. We spread the work out between us and it
wasn't long before we all were busy. Dr Phelps joined us and Dr
Bradt. Chris York, Storm and Terri wrote great columns - and Syl (ez)
joined us as a partner in 2004, and David, who refers to
himself as the new kid on the block, April 2006.
This wouldn't be complete
without a word of thanks to my husband Ed for all the times he
took over the housework and cooking to let me attend to one crisis
or another. As the SO of person with bipolar disorder he has
Well, I'm going to stop
there. There are far too many people who have helped to list them
all - I know who they are and they know who they are. Each of them
is a very special person who owns a small piece of my heart.
Big hugs go to every one of them.
I leave Bipolar World with
varied thoughts ... I know I am going to miss the bustle of
keeping a busy web site operating, but at the same time I'll have
the time to experience other avenues ... like graphics, which have
interested me for a long time. I'm not going to miss the people,
simply because I won't be gone ... hopefully I will have even more
time to spend at BPW than I have in recent years.
I need to rest, and I will,
but you haven't seen the last of me!
August 1, 2006