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Darling Dyane my heroine

Lady and her Lovely Lucy
Lady and her Lovely Lucy

Have you ever waited for a phone call with much anxiety because you feared the person may end up not calling as promised? Have you ever spoken to someone and you never wanted that conversation to stop? Wait a minute, have you ever left a comment for the first time on someone’s blog and kept your fingers and toes crossed until they replied to your comment? Let me see what more I can ponder about this darling lady Dyane of mine?

Love is in the air huh...
Love is in the air huh…

In short, there’s probably no way I can go to that US again without visiting my fair lady as I also call her, and oh sure lovely lucy too.

Yes, I follow my guts very often and they’ve led me very very often to fulfilling encounters! Indeed several life changing lessons have been learnt. It still happens and am so grateful for such an amazing and graceful existence. Wow, I am grateful to my Almighty Father.

I stumbled on Dyane’s blog during an A to Z blogging challenge I had registered to in 2013. I had just made a great leap of faith into the blogging world, and I was still so ‘intimidated and overwhelmed’ by it all. I decided to participate in the challenge and challenge myself to ‘get going and keep going’ with this blogging thing. The rest is history. Am still doing it and wow I even coach or inspire others.

So back to Dyane, it so happened that she was equally ‘bouncing back’ from a long hiatus due to that monster bi-f- polar. I have come to envy her courage to face and tell it to its face that she ain’t giving it any more damn undeserved attention. It’s already eaten up much of her time and caused so many tsunamis in her life.

Avonlea, Dyane, Marilla & Craig
Avonlea, Dyane, Marilla & Craig

Fortunately, Dyane has tremendous support from her husband Craig, their 2 gorgeous girls, and her lovely Lucy of a colie. Am sure there are many others too who support, cheer and love her so. Hmm she says am one of them and calls me her fairy Godmother. Oh my what did I do to deserve that honour… recently she sent me an e- crown – hmm what will I get shortly? 🙂

Darling Dyane is one of my indisputable e-heroines, and  until that magic day we meet it’ll be like Obama’s Dreams from his Father. Gosh, am going to blush all the time. Am from a different world and so I am in awe of diversity and above all, I love to discover and even try out different ways of living and loving 🙂

Psychiatrist Dr. Mohammad Alsuwaidan of whom Dyane is such a fan :)
Psychiatrist Dr. Mohammad Alsuwaidan of whom Dyane is such a fan 🙂, his blog is full of wisdom

Dyane writes, preaches and advocates very firmly and passionately about mental health with emphasis on bipolar disorder – category postpartum or peripartum onset. I may get these terms wrong because we don’t really know them here – so to that extent, bear with me my fair lady 🙂

Darling Dyane on her ellypitcal
Darling Dyane on her ellypitcal

I envy Dyane’s elliptical for work outs at all times of the day as she is up to. Look how she glows on it. No doubt she is a certified personal fitness trainer.

Lovely Lucy
Lovely Lucy

I sure envy lovely lucy too. I discovered this roving relationship we can have with dogs a few months ago. I held a leech for my first time and it was wonderful. I can’t wait for Dyane’s forthcoming memoir Birth of A New Brain- the title itself sparks speculations and leaves you anticipating an early release so you can temper that trepidating literary vulture in you.

Darling Dyane, I can write on and on. Indeed yours is one of those posts I wish I could transform into a book. Enough said for now, please write on and forge on. You are such an inspiration and motivation and I so love your write ups. I treasure knowing you and am so grateful for your feedback and the blurb you selflessly wrote for my forth coming memoir: I mean here are some of her palmares:

Dyane Leshin-Harwood, B.A.
Founder, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance,
Santa Cruz County, CA Chapter
Member, International Society of Bipolar Disorders and
The Marcé  Society for Perinatal Mental Health
Author of “Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar
Disorder” to be published by Post Hill Press, 2017

And her idyllic psychatrist charming Dr A’s beautiful blog contains so much worth their gold – kindly visit and follow same at:

Dear world, I wish us all Darling Dyanes in our lives. Or maybe you already have some and would want to share?



Marie Abanga aka MAG likes to describe herself as a “Jacqueline of several trades”. She is an everyday woman and mother with a zigzag profile. Let’s give it a try! She is an Activist, an Author, a Coach, a Consultant, a Feminist, a Lawyer, a Lecturer, a Prince 2 Project Manager, a Psychotherapist, a Philanthropist, a minister of the Word of God and...! She just loves to sum it up by saying she is a person of passions and a tale of talents. Her life’s journey has filled over 6 books already and her three musketeers keep her busy at home. MAG is also the founder and CEO of the association Hope for the Abused and Battered, and the Country Director of the Gabriel Bebonbechem Foundation for Epilepsy & Mental wellbeing. The plethora of life's experiences and shenanigans she has lived through and learned from in near 4 decades of existence, have equipped her with such an arsenal to coach, train and motivate just any and everyone. She is so charismatic, dynamic and full of life, going by her designed mantra of 3Ds: Determination; Discipline and Dedication. These sum her+her quest to be the best version of herself and impact others perfectly. She attributes all her wealth of knowledge to her conscientious attendance of both informal and formal school.

14 thoughts on “Darling Dyane my heroine

  1. I am BEYOND honored, Marie!
    Thank you for this beautiful post that made me cry while I huffed and puffed on that elliptical last night. (happy tears!)

    And even though I might not be all the wonderful things that you claim I am, I’ll tell everyone it’s 100% true anyway! :))))

    Much love to you always, my Fairy G!


  2. My Fair lady, to me in my dreams, you are, and I’ll pray hard for all that to really be 100% real when we finally meet. I am equally honoured to finally pay you this tribute and add you to my growing list of heroines. Look lady, human relations are my most prized possessions and I am happy to have this medium whereby I can share some of my encounters be they by e or in person… please take good care of your entire crew and especially the lady in you. And ofcourse let’s all keep following Dr Dashing’s advice right?


  3. Reblogged this on Birth of a New Brain and commented:
    Author/advocate Marie Abanga and I belong to our own special Mutual Admiration Society! It constantly amazes me how we’ve forged our bond living on opposite sides of the world, but I’m not that surprised after “meeting” some of you who live continents away from me.

    Last night I cried reading a draft of this post that Marie emailed me; thank God they were happy tears!

    The immortal words of Wayne and Garth: “We’re not worthy” (as said in the epic “Wayne’s World”) came to my mind while reading Marie’s post. It feels wonderful to be appreciated by someone in this way.

    I suggest this weekend if you don’t have time to write a tribute post of your now (there’s always the future! It’s really fun to do; I written few myself) take some time to spread some warm fuzzies someone else’s way. Marie didn’t know I had a particularly tough day when she sent me this draft. Her glowing compliments and appreciation went a long way in lifting me out of my own pity party.

    Gestures can be small to make a difference. Believe it or not, I got a simple “heart” on a tweet this morning from Postpartum Support International that made me feel great! It made me so happy that I decided to join their organization!

    Here’s a lower-cost act of kindness: the other day when I pulled over on the highway to let a speedster pass me, he turned on his emergency lights to “thank” me right after he passed my car, and my blood pressure went down a bit. Small moves like that can make more of a difference as you know.

    So, in the spirit of Merry Marie, I wish you all a good weekend and take care of yourselves. Let me know if you do any cool acts of kindness, even if they are teeny-tiny ones – sometimes those are the coolest ones of all.



  4. Lady,

    there goes that my instinct thing again! I have been urged a few times to think of becoming some kind of medium 🙂

    Had I known you were in some shitty state, had I known how much this ere deserved post of mine was timely, I may have topped it with the best Swiss chocolate I could find on the Amazon (emm get it delivered to you somehow huh) 🙂

    And yes, you know I do this to those who are my heroines in a special way. It matters not if I have or will ever meet them. Several of them may never read the posts nor comment, either because they are dead to life or social media 🙂 But oh boy, how thrilled am I when some of them like yourself do read and make me feel this awesome too 🙂

    It’s therefore a two way traffic I tell from personal experience. What you dish out, is often what you get. And they are low cost deals too as you mention 🙂

    Kudos therefore to us all, let’s keep this life living go round thing alive as much as we can 🙂


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