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!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Something to Celebrate

Caroline tried out for the select summer girls lacrosse league team, and she made it! Most of the girls on this U15 team are already in high school. The head of the league came up to my husband and asked where in the world Caroline came from, because she was really good and he had never seen her before. We explained the broken ankle and the missed season, but I have a feeling that a lot of people will be asking where she came from, given her incredible talent on the field. God has given her quite a gift and we are thankful that she has something she can call her own. Maybe it will lead to a college scholarship one day! The next five years are going to be so important in determining the direction of her life in her twenties. We just hope she can graduate from high school! She is very smart, but bipolar disorder in kids and teens has a way of dampening their academic performance due to a lot of missed school, slow processing speed due to the drugs, short term memory issues, etc. One step at a time. Final exams this week and the next, then summer is upon us!


Jen said...

I'm so excited for her (and you guys) It is great she can shine in something, I bet it is a huge self esteem booster!

Meg said...

That's great! She must feel good about that :)

carla said...

Well done! I hope it is everything she/you dream of and MORE!

CC said...

Good for Caroline!