If I could walk in your shoes for a day, what would the voices say to me, what would the faces look like? Could I survive your reality or would I go mad?
*Since his pre-teens, my son has struggled with a myriad of mental health issues. Diagnosed at age 12 with severe panic/anxiety disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, he also has bouts of depression, and times when he experiences auditory and visual hallucinations. As much as I try to be empathetic, I can’t totally grasp what he’s going through. Some days, I’ve wished I could be inside his head, to experience what he does, so that I could understand and perhaps be better equipped to help him. Yet, being witness to his episodes of panic and depression, I don’t think I could survive them with as much strength and courage as he does.
26 thoughts on “In his shoes”
Just remember that you built and maintain the foundation for that strength.
Brilliantly said in 57 words.
Coming by from the linkup. My son is 20 and a new daddy. He is bipolar, OCD, generalized as well as socialized anxiety disorder and ADHD. I have a friend whose daughter sounds like your son only add Aspbergers to her list. Having watched both my son and her daughter grow up I often wish I could take one bad moment away. One hurt, one rage, one moment of sadness. For them to have one day of level. Just one day.
I think every parent feels this need on some level. And I can only the imagine the intensity of your need. Great interpretation on this prompt, Tara. Very touching.
Thanks for linking up.
Spoken by a true mother who would take the place of her child in pain or need. Beautifully said.
It must be heartbreaking, at times. But you’re such a supportive and loving mom. Your son is so lucky to have you.
This is very beautifully written from the heart…the heart of a mother. Sweet hugs to you, my friend!