Children with Mental and Emotional Illness
HOW DOES A PARENT HEAL?
ONE DAY AT A TIME
© 2010 By Deborah Beasley, ACPI CCPF
In the past I mourned the child I hoped for.
In the past I felt guilty.
In the past I felt I was an inadequate parent.
In the past I worried constantly.
In the past I feared I could not keep my child safe, or those around her safe.
In the past I feared I could not parent my child into the future.
In the past I obsessed about getting away from the unbelievable life sucking stress of it all.
Some days I am angry.
Some days I am hurt.
Some days my heart is broken.
Some days I am light hearted.
Some days I cry.
Some days I laugh.
Some days I still have nightmares.
Some days I dislike her, or the turmoil her illness creates.
Some days I rise to the challenge.
Some days I fall repeatedly.
Some days I overcome.
Some days I am discouraged by my weakness.
Many days I find strength.
Some days I want to give up.
Many days I am determined to never give up.
Some days I fear I will lose my child to the illness.
Most days… I believe I will cure her.
Where are other parents like me? Come out. I know you are there…