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Lemons Anyone?

By June 19, 2014 February 3rd, 2015 No Comments

Sometimes Life Hands You Lemons . . .

family_smallYou know how it goes, “Sometimes life hands you lemons . . .” What do you do? Well, try hard to make lemonade. In our household, we’re still squeezing those darn lemons!

13 years ago, we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. Bright, big blue eyes, happy, alert, responsive. Everything expectant parents desire. Never did we expect our wonderful baby girl would lead us in the journey of our lives. I don’t have to tell those of you living with a mentally ill child, have a mentally ill loved one in your life, or suffer from one yourself that there seems like a whole lot of days filled with lemons; rotten ones to be frank. But you also know that droplets of lemonade touch your life from time-to-time when you realize that you’re more compassionate of others, you have a different perspective than many, you appreciate the little things, and there ishope that your child or loved one will lead a mostly happy and healthy life.

I hope in this blog you will find nuggets of information and resources that you can use and share those that you have. So much of this journey we have done blindly and often with little support from our educational and healthcare system. Share your stories of triumph, frustration and enlightenment so others can learn and share as well. Knowledge is power and I believe the more we tell our stories and information, the stronger and more empowered we become.

Let’s make lemonade together!

Andrea Berryman Childreth

Author Andrea Berryman Childreth

Andrea Berryman Childreth is the author of the book, ON THE EDGE: Help and hope for parenting children with mental illness, and founder of The Lemonade Project. She has first-hand experience with parenting a mentally ill daughter and has struggled with mental illness, herself. Her goal is to help empower people to unapologetically share their stories and improve access to equitable mental health services.

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