Our family has been dealing with mental health concerns for four years.
Over time, the concerns have gotten increasingly worse.
Last fall, everything came to a head.
Our boy was lost, his mind sort of splintered.
He started showing signs of psychosis.....seeing and hearing things that did not exist.
Our family was devastated as we watched our boy hurting so much.
There was nothing we could do to change what he was going through.
He couldn't go to school.
He couldn't play basketball.
He couldn't leave the house.
Luckily, our boy had a team.
A large team of people that cared about him.
They all circled around him even though he was not present to realize they were there.
Slowly he lifted his head.
Slowly he started responding.
He would take a few steps forward....
And a few steps back.
He started taking more steps forward
And less steps back.
He still has work to do.
He still has a team behind him.
And he is learning to muscle through the hard days.
Today marks 15 days of school in a row.
A couple of the days were rough.
But he pushed through.
He's been to practice and weights everyday.
He's playing basketball.
WE ARE SO PROUD OF HIS HARD WORK.
He is a warrior.
He is my hero.
Mental Health Awareness matters.
Be aware of others.
Be a friend.
Love can conquer anything.