Growing up in a verbally abusive home, the dysfunctional side of mental illness
was the backdrop to Michelle's childhood. Caring for her bipolar mother, Michelle learned to put everyone's needs before hers in order to keep the peace in the house. It wasn't until Michelle found herself on the TEDx stage that she realized that her voice and her story mattered. Today, Michelle specializes in shifting how her audiences and readers relate to brain health through her speeches and her latest book, "Breaking Into My Life."