This is what I’d want others to know about our son, Chris:
He’s more than his mental illness. So much more.
He experienced bullying throughout his school years. Often, peers ignored him. Teachers punished him. Yet, he’s not bitter. He once said, “I’ve lived a good life.”
I needed to know, “How can you say that, Chris after all you went through?”
“I’m more compassionate because of it.”
I benefit personally from that compassion…he understands the cognition problems I experience with my MS.
He’s got musical talent and a desire to use it as part of his church’s worship team.
He’s goal oriented…constantly creating projects for himself (like learning new languages), and has plans for his future.
He’s determined to stay in shape by working out regularly at the gym.
He thinks of the best gifts to give others.
Whenever I ask, he’ll move heavy things for me or help me with computer problems.
In spite of everything, he’s still got a sense of humor.
What would you want others to know about your child who has mental illness? Or what would you want others to know about your journey as a mom of child with mental illness?