About our Daughter

I am mother to four wonderful daughters, ages 17, 19, 21, and 23, and wife to the greatest husband on earth. God has given us a special child to raise one who was diagnosed with early-onset bipolar disorder at the age of seven, though she showed signs of it from the age of fifteen months. She also has ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder (sensory seeking), Dyslexia, and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder-NOS, all typical comorbidities for a bipolar child. In spite of the trials, she enjoys lacrosse, running (finished her first marathon in October of 2014!), and reading and writing her own books. I will share with you the many joys and sorrows we have faced and will face in the future with the hope that you may find better understanding about this mental illness caused by both chemical and structural abnormalities in the brain. I desire that you will be encouraged by this blog if you are also dealing with a bipolar child. Thank you for reading and sharing in our journey.

How Did You Know She Was Bipolar So Young?

I wrote a long explanation of how we came to this bipolar diagnosis in a child so young under my post of March 19th of 2009. If your child or a child you know bears similarities, please seek out a good psychiatrist and don't wait for "things to get better." Often they will simply get worse, and the longer a child is unmedicated, the more damage their brain can accrue. Early diagnoses and treatment are key to providing these children with a chance at a successful life later as a teen and an adult.
Never change, start or stop a medication without the approval of your child's physician!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Beginning to Miss Her

Last night I decided I actually am missing Caroline a bit.  She is so funny, and affectionate when she is doing well.  Enthusiastic about everything when she is happy.  She always tells me how great a mom I am and how lucky she is to have us as parents.  She thanks us a lot for what we do for her.  Our other three don't express that to us as often.  Caroline knows, after meeting other kids with bipolar disorder, that her family situation is usually far better than what other bp kids have.  She has two parents who love each other, have taught her faith in God, and who have shown her a lot of grace and love.  I miss her encouraging words and my running partner!  I have been running a lot more and wondering if I could actually keep up with her now.  Well, probably not.  She is usually way ahead of me while I am yelling for her to wait.  

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