Lori-Ellen Pisani is the author of the compelling memoir The Journey Home: My Journey to Find Peace of Mind and Heart While Fighting a War Against Bi-Polar Disorder.
Mental Health is as important as physical health. In the United States alone, millions of Americans are suffering from various mental health issues. Chief of them is Bipolar Disorder. Today, we will feature Lori-Ellen Pisani, author of The Journey Home: My Journey to Find Peace of Mind and Heart While Fighting a War Against Bi-Polar Disorder. Pisani’s book on mental illness details her journey and struggle with Bipolar Disorder.
Childhood and the Bipolar Disorder
Lori-ellen Pisani was born in 1963. Under the strict and watchful eyes of their father, a former United States Marine, Lor-Ellen and her siblings grew up in a harsh environment. She has two sisters, Debby (the eldest sister), Liz (the second sister), and Louis’s twin brother. All of them suffered a rough childhood. Lori-ellen’s father’s suffered a Bipolar Disorder, which may have been a significant factor for the rough upbringing of his children. Unfortunately, Lori-ellen herself inherited this condition and would haunt her for most of her adult years.
At a young age, Lori-Ellen already noticed that something was different about her. It came to the point that early symptoms of Bipolar Disorder already tormented the young girl. When she was only five years old, Lori-Ellen’s nightly prayer would include, “God, take my soul to keep tonight. I don’t want to live here anymore.”
Pisani’s childhood was extraordinarily challenging, but despite it all, she pursued higher education and built a relatively stellar career in education.
From 1982 to 1985, Lori-Ellen went to Fairleigh Dickinson University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Teaching. In 1994, she obtained her Master’s degree in Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services from Long Island University. Lori-Ellen Pisani also went to International University for Graduate Studies (Modern Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, 1996 to 1998) and Queens College (Educational Leadership and Administration 2002).
Lori-Ellen Pisani served the City School District of New Rochelle for thirty-five years. Pisani worked as an Assistant Principal at Henry Barnard School for thirty-five years. She founded Simply Speaking LEP, LLC, based in Mebane, South Carolina, serving as its owner and Life Coach. Even after retirement, Lori-Ellen Pisani continues to work with communities and is passionate about educating and helping others. Various institutions and organizations have recognized her service and commitment.
Retirement and Publishing Memoir
Lori-Ellen’s struggle and journey with Bipolar disorder are chronicled in her memoir, The Journey Home: My Journey to Find Peace of Mind and Heart While Fighting a War Against Bi-Polar Disorder. It was published in 2018, and according to Lori-Ellen Pisani,
“I had to wait to publish the book until I retired. Any parent could call the District or my principal and say, “I don’t want my child to be near Dr. Pisani; she’s dangerous,” without any evidence to prove it. The District, given high profile mass shootings in schools reported to have been committed by people who were Bipolar, would have no other choice but to remove me from my position and put me in another assignment away from children. I couldn’t risk or tolerate that.”
Lori-Ellen Pisani’s The Journey Home highlights her suffering, fears, anxiety, depression, and various sorts of challenges accompanied by her condition. The Bipolar Disorder affected Pisani at a very young age and has gripped her for most of her adult years. In this book, she shares her rivetting experiences, hopes, resilience, and how she managed her condition while most of those who had similar conditions suffered terribly. It is both a memoir and a guidebook that patients and family members taking care of loved ones with Bipolar Disorder should read.
To know more about Lori-Ellen Pisani and her remarkable book, buy a copy or visit her website today.