Since the day my son was first diagnosed with his mental illness. I promised myself that one day I would do something to help others who struggle like we do.
Yesterday, December 5, 2013, that promise was fulfilled. Since June of this year, I have been working with CNN and documenting the daily life of a family that has a child with a mental illness. My family...
The article and video documenting our life has not been published yet but caught the eye of CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. He flew to Texas to interview me and my son for his show.
It was an amazing experience and left me realizing how my dream of putting mental health in the news again is about to come true. This time no one had to die. No one had to walk into a school and hurt anyone to get mental health issues on the news. This time it will be a family trying to make it known that mental illness is a reality.
My sole purpose in doing this is not to become a celebrity nor is to get gifts or special treatment. It's simply to help my son realize that his life, even though it's plagued by this illness, has a purpose. The purpose to help those that need the strength to reach out and ask for help. I'm just the narrator, the middle man, the advocate, the voice, his mother. Call me selfish but I want my son to live a happy life. I want him to stop telling me how his life isn't worth living anymore. It's a painful way of living and all I want to do is make his life worth living. This will be the mark he leaves behind, not mine.
My passion is to keep him alive. Doing this gives me hope that one day he will embrace his illness and pursue the path I have been building for him. That he follows it and touches the hearts of those in need.
Have a great weekend!!!
I'm a mother with an agenda to save her son from the grips of his mental illness and stop stigma so that those who suffer in silence can seek help without fearing the worse. Join me on this roller coaster ride..you're no longer alone.