The Molecules That Surround Us
35-year old Jill Treadwell has her bipolar under control untilshe is laid off from her job at a Contemporary Art museum losingher health insurance and medications. After her unemploymentbenefit amount is determined she has no choice but to pack up herapartment and move in with her mother and her mother's new husband.As her medications dwindle away she begins to head down a dark pathof depression and mania that leads to self-medication with drugsand alcohol. The description of the symptoms of mental illness isrendered with alarming accuracy as she hits bottom with a lifechanging DUI. After her arrest her depression carries her into aninhumane place of despair and hopelessness. After a thwartedattempt at suicide we follow her tragic and comedic struggles tofind health insurance with her pre-existing bipolar disordermeeting a motley crew of her friends and supporters along theway.Her "journey" starts with the vivid and wild friends she haswhen she is not mentally well. As she begins to repair her mind wemeet her therapist, counselors and friends in recovery. Jill'smother plays an important roll by keeping things light with herhumor and naivety. Her father's gruff, uneducated deportment leadsto some laughs as well, with his strong spirit and fumblingdedication to his daughter.Fortunately the COBRA subsidy is granted to those who have losttheir jobs in this nightmare economy. Jill is back in business,seeing her doctors and resuming her medications. Therapy andcounseling are helping her see there is a way out of herchallenging circumstances if she can just hold on and trust thehelp that is being provided to her by friends and professionals.Court appointed trips to AA and group therapy are another outletfor humor and parody. Things are starting to take form for Jill asher head begins to clear and she starts to understand the soberingreality of her multiple court dates and related obligations.On the road back to mental health an old boyfriend resurfaceswith issues of his own. Russ is also an alcoholic who has beendiagnosed as bipolar. Jill feels she can help him with hisstruggles as she has just emerged from the worst four months of herlife. Jill and Russ attended film school together and he nevercould get her out of his mind after they separated. He made a filmabout her and it is this film that brings the two together. Thisbizarre coupling of two psychologically challenged individualsleads to an endearing romance built on creativity and anunderstanding that surpasses the conventional boundaries ofromantic love. We join them through their whirlwind courtship andlast minute wedding that is both comic and touching. All Jill everwanted was a life to call her own and the couples' love brings themto a place of super absorbent paper towels and environmentallyfriendly cleaning products.Breaking through the challenges of finding health insurance andsubsequent recovery from alcoholism, The Molecules That Surround Uschronicles a journey resulting in love, sanity and a "reallife."