Hi to all,
its been a while since i posted but i read forums every week still. I thought it was time for an update after reading a couple of threads that sounded so familiar to me. My son is the sufferer who is now 17. He has been on medication for 6 years and had his meds reduced over several months but has been drug free for 4 months now. His determination to beat this illness has just amazed me over and over. He sat his GCSE`s last year which a couple of years ago we didnt think he would be able to manage, he did a year at 6th form and now has a Diploma in Business Studies. He is off to College Sept to do a Sports Course which is all he has ever wanted to do. His biggest achievement so far is he has just come back from Italy after a holiday for 2 weeks with 3 friends, he had previously only been away from home for 1 night. He stuggled for a few days and i did need to have a few chats on the phone just to remind him to use the stratagies he was taught to deal with during his CBT. He was like the cat who had the cream when he came home.So to all parents that have had their world shattered thinking things will always be this bad, dont give up hope please. If it hadnt been for this site when my son was diagnosed i dont know what i would have done, they have been simply the best support you could wish for. Just learn as much as possible about the illness to help your child. I now have a young man of a son who by the way is in his first serious relationship with a lovely girl, another big step, who sets himself goals and sticks at them till he wins, his next one is to get a part time job.
So there you go, hasnt been all plain sailing by any means, there have been ups and downs, setbacks and disapoinments, but i must be the proudest mother on earth to see him come so far.
Thanks to Ashley and Pam who have supported me at different times x
Hope this helps some of you who cant see light at the end of the tunnel, i was once there.