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, September 4, 2012

Finally, A Good Day

We had a great day today, despite waking up with a migraine (me.)  Caroline got to all of her classes just fine and the school counselor who is in charge of the IEP process called me to give me a time for the first official IEP meeting where everyone will be there.  I felt loved.

Also, Caroline had the thyroid ultrasound today but we won't know for 24 hours or so what they might have found.  Hopefully nothing.  My medical mystery child.

This is the view from my back porch tonight.  Beautiful.


Fighting for my Children said...

I have been reading your posts. I am glad school went well for Caroline today. I hope ur migraine goes away. I get them sometimes, they are really painful!

Loco YaYa said...

i have been following your 'Caroline in school' posts. i absolutely love your blog. my 7 yr old is bipolar (among other things) and reading your posts have really helped me. yay for a good day!!!

Megan said...

Loco YaYa, Love your name! Thanks for commenting. I am so glad you are reading and getting some encouragement as you care for your 7 yr old!