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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

We made it through another year!!

Peter and Ms. Diaz

Most of you probably know that this year has been a difficult one for my youngest son, Peter. He has struggled with anxiety and depression, and has recently been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. We have been fortunate to have found an awesome psychiatrist and behavior therapist who have helped us get this under control. Peter and the rest of the family are learning to live life with this shadowing us, but things are good.

School has been a nightmare for Peter. The angst of being 12 and in 6th grade is enough of a chore for any young person. Add to it the complexities of bi-polar disorder, and things could not get much crazier. There were days when Peter would just wrap himself up in a blanket and hide in a cocoon, days when he would be so hyper that his feet didn't seem to touch the ground, and days when his sadness was totally overwhelming...any all of the emotions in between these. Our principal, Mrs. Diaz, was able to understand Peter's struggles on a personal level, as bi-polar disorder touches her family, too. She was a source of comfort and support for Peter.

On May 23rd, Peter marched across the stage to get his certificate of completion announcing the end of his career at Turner Elementary. Next year, he will be moving on to West Shore Jr./Sr. High School, where Ben and David have attended. He is apprehensive of what will come next, but knows that he will be able to meet it head on with the help of his support team.

WAY TO GO PETER!!!!!!!!!

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