I’m Linda Iggy Dean. I grew up in Detroit Michigan in the 1960s. My parents were Armenian. My mom’s father, Parnak Paulian was a hotelier who brought over many young relatives and friends.
My dad Rouben was a genocide survivor. He came to the USA in 1950 as a pharmacist. He wanted to create a company to manufacture medicines. Parnak offered to help him if he would marry his daughter Rose. A match was made. I am the youngest of three.
I did well at math and science but could barely read and cannot memorize. I figure things out and became a computer engineer at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
My career took me to Fort Worth Texas to work on the F-16 Fighter Jet. I met my husband and had a daughter. I went to work at Tandy Radio Shack which became AST Computers. I became bipolar at 33, became depressed and 307 pounds. Divorce followed.
After 5 years, I made friends at the Depressive Bipolar Support Alliance, DBSA. I met my second husband and we married in November, 2 months after 9/11 twin tower attack in New York. He brought me four stepchildren and four grandchildren.
I worked at Motorola in Fort Worth on research, and 3G standards. Motorola downsized and my bipolar disorder was hard to control. I was laid off and found a new job back in Michigan. It was a prayer answered and I moved back home.
I worked on the Abrams Tank for 12 years. It was very hard due to the management at the company and my anti-war mind set. After breakdowns in 2013, 2014, and 2015, I went on disability.
I was hospitalized again in March 2020, at the start of COVID-19 Pandemic. I imagined many interesting thing and will be writing about things like multidimensional universes, getting rid of leap day and American Indians.
I hope you will enjoy my stories, opinions, and health topics. I practice my writing as a member of Toastmasters International and have an MBA from Walsh College in Troy Michigan. I hope to create a book from these writings. The Journey of a High Fuctioning Armenian Woman: A Bipolar Tale.