02 March 2013 ~ 1 Comment

I’m Coming Out & Standing Up

I’ve been public about my struggle with depression over the last 12 years, as well as our journey with our son’s diagnosis with bipolar disorder. We don’t know that the diagnosis will stick long term, and as anyone would, we hope it won’t. Nonetheless, I’ve learned there is much more to mental illness than the […]

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20 December 2012 ~ 2 Comments

A Journey of Outrageous Proportions

It seems like both yesterday and forever ago that I admitted Jonathan to Heritage School on May 2, 2011. I was an emotional wreck! I made the pilgrimage to admit Jonathan at Heritage myself on May 1-2, 2011. It’s hard to believe it’s already time for him to come home. How the decision came about […]

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23 May 2011 ~ 4 Comments

Decompression?

At the end of what I am considering our “first week” without Jonathan, all seems to be well. While Jonathan has been gone for 8 weeks now, I think of this as our first week because even though he was in Oregon for 5 weeks and now has been in Utah for 3 weeks, for […]

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14 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Headed Home

We loved our time here, especially the little bit of time we got to spend with Jonathan. He seems to be adjusting well, though he is not without his challenges that brought him here. I don’t want to give the impression that all was fun and games. This is going to be difficult work for […]

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13 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Welcome to Utah

  This morning, Colleen and I took a flight to Salt Lake City, Utah, arriving about 12:30 (MDT), an hour ahead of PDT in CA. We’re here for our first “Parent Weekend” at Heritage School in Provo. Jonathan has been here since I dropped him off on May 2 and will be here for at […]

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29 April 2011 ~ 4 Comments

Time Warp, Part 6

Late Friday night, it’s been quite a week since I last posted on Sunday night. We traveled about 1,500 miles through 5 states in 4 days, arriving at the home of some lifelong friends in Damascus, Oregon, only 5 miles from where Jonathan has been since March 28 at Northwest Behavioral Healthcare Services. One of […]

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24 April 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Time Warp, Part 5

It’s late night on Easter Sunday. We enjoyed a terrific weekend of Easter celebrations at church. This year, I sang in the choir, the first time I’ve done so in at least 15 years. It was a real blast connecting with the choir partners! I even got to sing one of my Easter favorites as […]

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22 April 2011 ~ 3 Comments

Time Warp, Part 4

In my last post, I mentioned I would write about the fact that there has been little relief really since my son has been in the residential treatment center up in Oregon. I offer these posts not to solicit sympathy or pity in any way. I write to let those who follow know what we […]

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19 April 2011 ~ 7 Comments

Time Warp, Part 3

Monday marked 3 weeks that my son has been in the residential treatment center up outside of Portland, OR. Each Monday that has rolled by vividly reminds me of that Monday 3 weeks ago. Rolling out of bed at 3:45 am and taking the dog out on the front sidewalk to await the arrival of […]

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15 April 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Time Warp, Part 2

Recently, through the great folks at the UCLA CHAMP Clinic, there were other issues added to the diagnosis. ADHD and Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD). Of course, it hasn’t just been the last two years that have been difficult. It’s been my son’s entire lifetime. Most who know him and us would never know it. Particularly […]

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