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Samina Raza Egilmez

Samina was born in Bhopal, India and grew up in Pakistan and Buffalo, New York. She is a molecular biologist and has a wonderful son who is 25 years old. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her loving husband who is also a scientist. She is the host of Bipolar1blog, which is about bipolar 1 disorder, lithium, mania, depression, hypomania, and, most importantly, hope.

A Molecular Biologist With Bipolar 1 Disorder


My name is Samina Raza Egilmez. I am a molecular biologist. I am 55 years old. I have been married for 27 years to a wonderful, patient and loving husband. I have a beautiful 25-year-old son. It sounds like a wonderful life. And it is. But I would be lying if I didn’t say it has been a hard fought one. I suffer from bipolar 1 disorder. Here is my story. And believe me, for each line that I’ve written, I could write volumes. (And one day I will!)

For the first 24 years of my life, I didn’t know what bipolar disorder was. I would have preferred to keep it that way.