I wanted to give an update on Daniel. It's been awhile since I last mentioned anything.
Daniel has been doing well. He is officially a high school freshman. We have reached another milestone and I'm very proud of him. I'm hoping to reach our next milestone in September. If we continue the same and there are no problems when he starts school. September will be 1 year since his last hospitalization. Some people may think that it's not that big of a deal but for us it is. Daniel has been hospitalized more than 20 times since his initial diagnosis in 2009. He has come a long way and I am very proud of him for his improvement. Talking him out of wanting to die is no longer an issue. I'm starting to feel comfortable and not have to worry so much. There is hope you just have to believe in it.
If you're reading this and you are a parent struggling to believe that there is hope....BELIEVE IT! It's there don't give up. I hope everyone has a great Sunday. I have a long week ahead of me. I will be speaking to RN students on Thursday at a facility in Campwood, Texas. Daniel will be attending with me for the first time ever. I'm pretty excited about it. I remember I was once told that I shouldn't involve Daniel because of the stigma that he may encounter later but I always go along with my gut feeling about the things I decide to participate in. I knew deep down that if people heard our story. It would help them not feel so alone and in return would help my son feel like his life has purpose. I don't ever regret sharing our story with the world.
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.