This post is long overdue. As the Dad of a daughter with bipolar disorder, I experienced many heartaches, sleepless nights and long road trips to bail her out of many crisis situations. I would do it all again. I will do it again and I am thankful that this daughter chose to stand and fight and is now fighting for others.
Bipolar disorder is a terrible illness. It took away our daughter’s teenage years, yet she managed to not only graduate from high school, she stayed with it to get her college degree. and taught school for over 10 years before the illness finally took her out of the workforce altogether. She fought that eventuality with everything she had. She had debilitating dystonia, long bouts of depression, multiple hospitalizations and much more before finally realizing she just could not longer work.
Her mother and I are very proud of how she continues to battle back, stays alive, stays on her medication and has finally found her own soul mate. So here are some of the joys of being a Bipolar Dad:
- Cards out of the blue saying “I love you Dad”
- Special gifts that express thoughtfulness and love – Don’t Quit, Eagle, and more
- Special hugs and knowing smiles
- Our own special language – eye luv ewe too
- The moon
- Sharing with family
- First of our daughters to graduate high school and college
- Some very special and dedicated friends that became a part of us
- Unbelievably dependable in times of stress for the family
- Helping to heal damaged relationships
- Smart as a whip – she could be a doctor in different circumstances
- A great editor
- Caring, devoted to her family and friends
- An advocate beyond belief – helping others deal with this terrible illness
I truly could go on forever and will come back and add more things as I think of them, but this should give anyone who reads this an appreciation for my belief that being the Dad of a Bipolar is a blessing and not a curse. I am thankful that my wife and I stayed with her through all the trials and tribulations and we are now very proud to be the parents of a wonderful daughter.