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!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


I am sure I am not in this boat by myself, but right now I am so overwhelmed by the state of my house after hurricane evacuation preparations, back to school stuff everywhere in the kitchen, the remnants of getting ready for packing for college all around the house, a huge back load of laundry from pre-hurricane and post-hurricane, in addition to realizing we need to wash ALL of the bedding in our house and fumigate because we think we might have brought home bedbugs from camp or the cabin or a hotel!!! Now I am serious work to do and I am feeling a little frozen by the magnitude of it all.  And of course school for three of our kids starts on Tuesday.  Uggh!  Then we get a notice from the health insurance company that our application was rejected over some missing data in the DEERS system. Thanks.  So my poor husband has been back at the Naval Base trying to get all of this straightened out so we can have health insurance!  And we are still waiting on the job possibility in CA, which we won't hear about until after Labor Day.  I just need another week to myself to regroup.  Yuck!  I am trying to just breathe here.  Breathe.


mamaGoose said...

Keep breathing! Where in California is the job because if you are near us - lot's of sitting problems would be solved! Hope what ever is best for you is what works out! Our oldest son is starting his second year of college - just dropped him off too. Hope your house was left undamaged and your trip was special for you and your daughter.

Fighting for my Children said...

hugs, sound like u have alot on ur plate

Lila said...

Oh Yeah - your house sounds much like ours, and we didn't have to contend with Irene. So sorry Meagan - I understand. We are in school (chaos but a tremendous YAY!) and exhausted from the change in schedule.

You already know what to do, focus on one thing at a time. Perhaps the bed bugs first? The rest will be there as you're able to get to it.


Megan said...

MamaGoose- the job is near Riverside, CA . I would love to meet you someday!

mamaGoose said...

mgean - we would only be about 30 minutes from each other - depending on which end of the city/county you would be!

Megan said...

That's awesome. The camp is actually past Redlands, near Yucaipa.

mamaGoose said...

ok - 45 minutes...keep us in mind! goose2gander@charter.net - Nancy :) you have kept me sane many a night - would love to meet you!!