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There’s a stigma around mental health disorders, and Shelby Holmberg is looking to break it.
Holmberg, the owner of Birds of a Feather Pet Boutique and Lounge in Mitchell, has been battling bipolar disorder for several years. Her battle still continues with the mental health disease today, but now she is sharing her path to healing with the world in her first-ever book called “Battling Bipolar.”
“I kind of decided to write for me and writing to get through what I’m going through,” Holmberg said. “I decided if I shared it with people, we would kind of break that stigma of mental illness that you’re incapable because you’re mentally ill. Just because you’re mentally ill, doesn’t mean you can’t do what you want to do.”
“Battling Bipolar” is a memoir based on Holmberg’s health, from the hurt to the healing, she said, which all began when she was diagnosed at 17 years old. Holmberg is now 23.
The writing of the book began approximately four or five years ago, Holmberg estimated, as writing helped her through the tough…