My child's mental illness made be a better person. His struggles and other reaction to them have created in me compassion, empathy and a strong desire to combat ignorance with education. Our lives have been a picture of "what-not-to-do". I operated solely out of fear. There was fear of making a mistake, fear of doing the wrong thing and fear of failing. Yet the smallest amount of light coming forth from those who have walked before me brought grace. It is with that grace that I can be grateful for my child's illness and the unexpected blessings that accompany it.
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