Samina Raza is a Molecular Biologist, a blogger, (bipolar1blog.wordpress.com) where she blogs extensively about bipolar disorder and other illnesses. She is a mom and a wife. She speaks Urdu, Turkish and French in addition to English. She has an MSEd in School counseling. She also happens to suffer from bipolar disorder, and although at times this illness can be hellish, she has hope, and gives people hope that they can survive it, and even thrive with this illness. Decreasing stigma, increasing understanding and compassion for those with a mental illness is her aim. She also acts in plays, writes poetry, loves to take photographs and travel.