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!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

So I am Not a Lacrosse Player, But It Was Fun!

My husband and I played on a parents team against Caroline and her girls team yesterday in a pick up game for fun at the end of her camp, which was coached by some world-ranked players. I couldn't catch the ball at all, but I had a blast running around the field trying to keep up with her and block her. Of course I couldn't, but my husband scored some goals! He was a college soccer player, but he picks up any sport easily. I mostly laughed hysterically the whole time. Caroline was acutely embarrassed by my antics, on the verge of really mad, but I don't care. How many moms would have the guts to do this anyway?! I did it to be a good sport, but after the game a real lacrosse-playing mom tried to recruit me for the mom's league in the fall! I can't even catch the ball yet!! How funny! I may just do it for the fun of it, but first Caroline needs to help me learn the basics.

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