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I know this was written over a month ago, but I just stumbled upon it earlier. I found it to be a very touching article. I hope we live to see this dream come true.
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.:
I have a dream that one day I won’t hold my breath every time I tell a person that I suffer from bipolar disorder, that I won’t feel shameful in confessing my mental illness.
I have a dream that people won’t feel the need to applaud me for my courage on writing and speaking publicly about my disease, because the diagnosis of depression and bipolar disorder would be understood no differently than that of diabetes, arthritis, or dementia.
I have a dream that the research into genetics of mood disorders will continue to pinpoint specific genes that may predispose individuals and families to depression and bipolar disorder (like the gene G72/G30, located on chromosome 13q), just as specific genes associated with schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder have been located and identified.
I got another letter from the OESC1 yesterday. This one was favorable. The Appeal Tribunal sided with me without even having a hearing. DirecTV’s attorneys flat out lied in their appeal; nevertheless, my evidence was more compelling than theirs and I was capable of proving my evidence was not fabricated. Even though the Appeal Tribunal ruled in my favor, I hope they will still subpoena my personnel file. It will definitely come in handy in the upcoming case.
- Oklahoma Employment Security Commission [↩]
Yesterday, I called Tracy Tibbels; the Directv Human Resources liaison I’ve been dealing with since February. I cordially asked her for a copy of my personnel file and she got flat out rude with me. She said since I was terminated from the company I no longer have a right to view their file about me because it is proprietary company information. I told her that was fine and that I would get a subpoena for the file. She had little time to respond and I disconnected the call.
When there is a question of the legality of the termination, former employees have the right to their file. In the end, Directv will be forced to turn it over, but they can be dickheads about it and stall as long as possible. Obviously, that is how they want to play it.
I got a package and letter from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission today. They had approved my unemployment claim June 20, 2008. However, June 30th Directv decided to appeal the decision. I went through the stack of papers Directv filed on their behalf. This development is highly annoying, but in the end I will be victorious. I’ll get sworn statements from my doctor, case manager, roomies, and at least a couple former co-workers. Directv is in the wrong in so many different ways regarding me it’s not even funny.
The papers they have are incomplete. Hell, they flat out lied, but that’s okay. I have proof of the truth. I learned before that Directv is a shady company and that I would need to document everything… just in case. Well, just-in-case is here.
Last year, around this time, I had been thinking about my friend, Derek Brown quite a lot. He had moved to California to work on the indie film “Isolation”. We texted and talked on the phone quite a bit at first, but from January until June 2007 I was wrapped up in my own life and recovery. I am sorry to say that I neglected my friendship with Derek. We were kindred spirits, but I was not there for him when he needed me.