October 25th, 2008, 10:39 AM
Good Morning and Happy Saturday to everyone. My name is Lisa. I have five children all under the age of nine. Two are bio the other three are my step girls ( who I love as my own ). Their mom up and left them and they have been through so much hurt because of it. I was dx with bipolar one rapid cycling two years ago after a three year battle of getting the correct dx. For three years the mental health care professionals tried to just say it was major depression. Not until I was afraid for the safety of my children did they change my dx and put me on a mood stablizer. Three med coctails later did we find depakote for me. Its great and I see the world around me clearly for the first time in my life. I have been on Depakote since May of this year. Im married to the love of my life Dwayne. We were married in March 2005. He is a firefighter/paramedic and is really a great support person. I am a child abuse survivor. I was physically and emotinally abused by my mother. My father was never around to stop the abuse even though we lived in the same home. He was always to busy "working" to be around. Social Services didnt save me and im lucky to be here unlike some of the babies we read about or hear about on the news. Because of the abuse I went through Im a huge advocate of childrens rights. I would like one day to help these little ones by passing strickter legislation for social services around the country and higher punishments for the abusers.