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, December 12, 2012

A Kindred Spirit

It is very hard to find that local friend who knows and understand one's struggle with a special needs child, and one who has dealt with public schools and all of the hoops one must go through to get what your child needs.  Our Sunday School group has proven to be a great source of friendships in a very short amount of time, and very wonderfully, I am getting to know another family who has been there, done that with their son, who is now in college.  In college!  What a prospect! Today we met for coffee and I was so very encouraged by her story of how they went through hell and high water to get him what he needed in school, all of the therapies they paid for so that he could succeed and graduate from high school, all of the IEP meetings, even resulting in two teachers getting fired for their classroom practices that put obstacles in front of not only their son but other children who struggled as well.  And his dream of going to college was what kept him going.  I feel I am going to learn a lot from her experience now that she is "on the other side." Her son has lived at home while going to college, but he graduates this December with an associates degree and is going on to a four year college next.  All through high school they kept their sights on simply getting a degree, but not a GED because too many doors would be closed to him by doing so.  I needed to hear all of this today.  Praise God for His perfect timing!!

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