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, October 11, 2009

When Storms Come

"He comes to us in the brokenness of our health, in the shipwreck of our family lives, in the loss of all possible peace of mind, even in the very thick of our sins. He saves us in our disasters, not from them. He emphatically does not promise to meet only the odd winner of the self-improvement lottery; he meets us in all our endless and inescapable losing." Robert Capon, The Astonished Heart.

I love that quote, especially the part about "the shipwreck of our family lives." I have certainly experienced that and I know of other dear ones who are feeling that sort of desperation right now. There is hope, unseen now, but coming. Sometimes we need others to hope for us when we are despairing.

I have a new challenge thrust upon me. My youngest child seems to have developed a food allergy and we don't know yet what is the culprit, but now we have to carry an epi-pen for her all the time, and at school. Hopefully we will find out what the offending food is quickly.

With the swine flu here threatening the health of our kids, and now a scary food allergy, you would think I would be feeling pretty anxious. Actually, I have, but honestly, if I had to choose between my child having the swine flu, a severe food allergy, or bipolar disorder, I would choose the first two without hesitation. Why? Well, because a child with early-onset bipolar disorder has problems that can break the spirit of a child: the loss of friends, going from school to school, admissions to psychiatric hospitals, doing embarrassing or illegal things that bring a bad reputation, and having to swallow dozens of pills each day, and always there is for the parent the anxious thought of a future suicide (I think the rate is 20%).

I downloaded a song that I find a lot of meaning in today. Hope you enjoy it! It is by the David Crowder Band.


Corrie Howe said...

How scary. I hope you find the culprit soon, too. Have you heard the song. "Jesus Send The Rain? I think that is the title.

"Give me joy, give me peace, give me the chance to be free, give me anything that brings you glory. But I know they'll be days when life brings me pain, but if that what it takes to praise you. Jesus, bring the rain."

Kyle said...

An arresting quote, Megan. Thank you for posting it today. I plan to pick up that book.