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, November 13, 2010

You Can Vote Three Times a Day in Three Different Ways!

You can text your vote by texting 104174 to Pepsi at 73774, vote through Facebook, or go directly to the website www.refresheverything.com. We are in 5th place out of hundreds of national non-profits!!!

What other fundraisers have you heard of for Childhood Bipolar Disorder!!  I haven't heard of any at all, so let's do this!


Mama Bear said...

I saw tonight that an animal rescue organization was in the #1 slot. I like animals, but I love my kids more. Please vote we really need this!

Megan said...

Yes, it is kind of sad when animals garner more votes than people. I love the SPCA and we have two rescue dogs, but millions donate to the SPCA every year, but our kids are suffering from the lack of money for research to cure this awful disorder!

Mel ~ said...

Awesome! Thank you so much for posting this. I have also decided to continue to raise funds for CABF through my website because you are right, I've seen no other fundraisers. My goal is $2000, Go see!