I heard the same thing from several people. They believed that no one with bipolar could be normal.
During my hours of research on the computer, I ran across a list of famous people with mental illnesses, including bipolar. The names impressed me. Their accomplishments gave me hope. But a small paragraph tucked away on a page of the website gave me a quote I have yet today:
There is hope . . .
You are not damaged goods . . .
You are not alone . . .
No one with bipolar needs to be alone. If a hospital, psychiatrist, or psychologist isn't possible for you right now, then look around. Reach out. Ask for help from someone who knows what it's like.