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Emalee Gillis

Emalee’a journey with bipolar disorder began when she woke up in a cage-like enclosure in a primitive insane asylum in Africa, shortly after she completed her Peace Corps service. At one point, bipolar disorder dominated her life. Over the next 35 years, she learned to manage her illness using lessons she learned in Africa as well as from the West. Her strategies were innovative enough to be selected for a TEDx Talk presented in Coeur d’Alene on January 12, 2019.

Emalee is dedicated to sharing her stories and strategies with others.  Her freelance pieces covering mental health, historical and human interest topics appeared in numerous regional magazines.  The Other Side of Madness: Adventures on the Path to Living Well with a Mental Illness is her first memoir and is available through Amazon.  Emalee lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband.  She is currently pursuing a MFA in Creative Writing at EWU. She has two adult children.