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Coping – and Hoping – with Mental Illness Reality

Coping – and Hoping – with Mental Illness Reality

First of all: a very Happy New Year to you! May your 2012 be filled with possibility, community, love and peace.

2011 was an amazing year for our family. Inside our walls, it brought changes that were both discouraging (Ben’s reduction in services, leading to a relapse that could have been avoided – down the chute in Chutes and Ladders) wonderful (eventual return to medication, and restoration of baseline; back to good grades at school and a job!!), and challenging (family role upped to that of unofficial supervisors of Ben’s official caseworkers – don’t get me started).  As I often remind myself, it is what it is. This is what we must do right now to keep Ben healthy and productive.

It is not, nor can it be, a forever choice to drive him to work or school every day, to personally make sure he takes his meds after eight years of having that taken care of in the group home where he is no longer allowed to live (“too functional” — yeah) But for now, it is what we must do, and the results are more than worth it.

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