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Carrie Fisher: Margaret Cho Considers Her Hero To People With Mental Health Issues

Update Date: Dec 29, 2016 11:04 AM EST

The movie industry mourned the passing of the original Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher. As an idol, comedian Margaret Cho tagged Fisher as a "real hero" and a friend to people who experienced or is experiencing mental health issues while she was still alive.

Via Cho's Twitter post, she shared a younger Fisher in a black and white photo and labeled her as a brave soul. Cho also commended Fisher for how the "Star Wars" actress inspired others suffering mental disorders when she spoke about her own bipolar diagnosis. In fact, Cho claimed to have been inspired by Fisher's non-apologetic way when she revealed her mental issues, reported Today.

Furthermore, Cho likewise discussed how Fisher's influence on not taking mental health issues medication was for her own decision. She discussed during an interview that although these medications were deemed to be legal, Fisher had once shared information that these were not good for the body and it somehow influenced Cho to deal with her issues in a non-toxic way as well.

In other news, Entertainment Weekly reported that Cho was diagnosed with bipolar disorder while she was still young. In fact, her mental health issues included mania and depression - conditions that were similar to what Fisher once discussed in one of her books.

With this, Cho also shared that she was confident in sharing her mental illness as she was likewise inspired by Fisher on how she was open to the public about her disorder. Like Cho, Fisher was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder and her vocation about the disorder led Cho to believe that she was not alone with what she went through.

She particularly felt a strong connection with Fisher especially since she's also outspoken about her illness. During an interview, Fisher stated, "I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I'm still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you."

Margaret Cho and Carrie Fisher once met at a Hollywood party where Cho was able to talk about her issues with addiction. The "Star Wars" acress gave hope as she too was facing the same battle at the time. 

With her legacy, Cho admired Fisher for her courage and openness with a common disorder they both shared - surviving the public eye while suffering mental health issues.

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