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, December 21, 2009

Christmas Coming

I was kind of harsh about those two girls in my last post. They are just middle school girls, I know. Sometimes when our children are threatened, especially the ones who are most vulnerable, we become harsh judges of other children. I did write them very nice Christmas cards, just to speak some grace to them because they surely need it, as do I.

Now that the Nutcracker is over, I can focus on preparing for this special holiday. We can lose focus so easily. As one of my three year old Sunday Schoolers said when asked what they were looking forward to this Christmas, "I can't wait to see the Son of God! But I haven't seen him yet!" We need to be looking for the One whose abundant grace is there always, to embrace our brokenness! As we remember that wonderful Gift this week, let's rest in knowing He came to give us hope and peace and to bridge that gap between His holiness and our great need for His holiness! Only He can supply that grace! The Giver of all good gifts speaks through the darkness of our hearts bringing us the light of His Glory in His precious Son. I am so very grateful for His mercies, new every morning! I cling to the Promise in a very broken world.

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