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, April 25, 2010

College Should Be A Break

I am looking forward to the time my oldest leaves for college, not because I won't miss her like crazy, but because it will be so much better for she and Caroline to have more space from each other. Caroline is intensely jealous of Elizabeth's freedoms and friends, and I think high school will be easier for her without the comparison right there in front of her. We visited James Madison University this weekend, and Elizabeth just loved it. When we came home, Elizabeth was retelling the adventures she had hanging out with one of her good friends who is a freshman at JMU, I could tell that Caroline was really listening and wondering about what her own college experience would be like. She knows that we want her to stay here, live at home, and go to one of the four universities within a few miles of us. I just couldn't imagine her living far away and trying to manage her medications and the stress of college at the same time. That would be a recipe for disaster in my opinion. But we have five more years before she will be going to college, so we won't have to deal with that until Elizabeth is out of college! Holding Caroline back a year has certainly given her the advantage of being a little older when she graduates from high school, at age 19 instead of 17 like her older sister.


Faith said...

Whoo hooo JMU!! The best in my opinion ;-)

domandkat said...

I call that good timing! Thankfully we have the same good timing...