Graduating from university in 1998, Chris had the world in his hands, his future fully planned. Sickness changed everything. After a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder at 26, he was forced to end his teaching career abruptly. Two years later, he was additionally diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Chris made a decision to hide his illnesses, keeping them a secret while resorting to supply teaching. Working on his healing through numerous therapies, he made recovery a full-time job. In 2007, he began writing a story about his battle. This became a driving force in his healing, bringing him purpose and meaning. In 2013, he released his story worldwide, and now writes and speaks, to fight stigma, and to provide inspiration, hope and healing. This has led Chris to write and publish several books, while continuing to promote awareness and change. He has now spoken at well over 100 venues.