On September 23, 2012, my son attempted suicide. Since then; the trauma of losing him when I least expect it is always on mind. The possibility is always there because statistics tell us that once it's been attempted and it's unsuccessful it will eventually happen again. As I have mentioned on a previous post, he tried again but this time at school. We made it 13 months without any hospitalizations but, broke the record when he needed to return twice in November. Since then I've notice that it didn't take long for him to bounce back. A huge step towards the path we need to continue on. If there is one thing I've never given up on has been HOPE. It is the only thing that keeps me going. Our circumstances are so much different than many others but our story started off the same way. We have been fortunate to have the great doctors and the great team at his school that keep him safe and do what needs to be done to help him. I almost dislike saying anything because I feel guilty that many others continue to struggle with their own child/children in the same shoes but, then I realize that our story promotes HOPE. It gives HOPE to those that feel there isn't any in there horizon. Our story continues and even when Daniel becomes an adult, we will continue to advocate for children's mental health and we will continue to help parent's by giving them the only three gifts we can give and that's SUPPORT, EDUCATION and HOPE.
As of December 22, 2014, Saving Daniel Foundation officially became a registered non-profit organization in the state of Texas. It has taken me sometime to get to this point but, I've had a lot of faith that with time and patience I could get here. Our next step is to get our IRS status and with time it will happen. For now, I have a lot of work to do to get Saving Daniel on the right track in the mental health community. I will keep everyone updated.
As you can see, I have a lot to be grateful for but, out of all of that the best thing is that my son has made it through another year of his life. Happy 16th Birthday Son!!! I can never explain with words the amount of love I have for you. I seriously wouldn't know how I could cope without you in my life and I thank God that you are still here. Thank you for being a loving son, a loving brother, and for having such a huge heart for other's in your shoes. I don't know what it's like to walk in your shoes but, know that I understand how difficult your life can be but, never forget that you are always my priority. I love you! ---Mom
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.