June 22, 2012
Initially, my daughter was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. After searching the internet, I located NAMI and enrolled in their Family-to-Family 12-week course. There, I not only learned how to cope with the uncertainty of her illness but learned of other mental health issues as well. I brought this information home to the rest of my family members who were then able to understand my daughter better. After the course I became my daughter's advocate; keeping records, talking to doctor's (even if they didn't want to talk to me) and communicating with my daughter in a healthy and productive way. I learned all of this through NAMI and its wonderful volunteers. Since then, my daughter's diagnosis has changed (now it's ADHD) but regardless of the diagnosis NAMI has equipped me with knowledge and courage to be an advocate for mental illness. Now I volunteer as a support group facilitator and 12-week course teacher. I can't thank NAMI enough for giving me the tools I needed to fight against the ugly word--STIGMA.
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