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!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Start of a New Ministry

Our church is starting a new ministry to families with special-needs kids called ACCESS. Yesterday the pastor's wife, a good friend of mine, and her new team of people, met with Bill and I to find out how the church good better serve Caroline and our family when she comes back. I am completely touched that they really care enough to want our input. We have a few other special needs kids in our church in the autistic range who will also be benefiting from this ministry, as well as future families who will bring kids (or adults) with physical or mental handicaps. They expressed that they wanted this to be an outreach not only in our church, but also to the community, and emphasized that they really want each family to decide things like do I want my child in the service with me, or do I need a shadow, or do they need to go to another room with someone to care for them there. I think of my sister with her two special needs sons, one with autism and a host of physical challenges, and the other with aspergers, and how difficult Sunday's are for her, because she really needs another person to help her and her husband is out to see for six months at a time. She could definitely use a shadow in the pews with her. This is the sort of thing our church wants to start up, and it will be an invaluable resource for so many. Thank you!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

AMEN!!! That's great.Claudia4