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#188872 - 12/18/07 06:10 PM Inspiring true story
medic8r Offline

Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 6469
Loc: Fredericksburg, Virginia
I always figured that I would never post about patients here because of confidentiality issues, but ... here goes. Allow me to explain.

Today I saw a long-term patient with bipolar disorder. She is elderly and lives with her son and daughter-in-law. Since moving in with them, she has done wonderfully. She and her son were here for her 3-month check-up, and she appeared to be doing great.

Now, for years she had told me that she was working on a book. I figured that she was telling the truth, but a small part of me always wondered if she was having a mild delusion about being an author one day. Then, today her son said that she had made the local paper because she had published her book. There was a nice feature article on her life story and her comeback after a coma and multiple medical problems. The story was released on the AP newswire and has been picked up and published by the Richmond paper. Who knows where else her story will spread.

So, imagine my surprise and joy when her son gave me a copy of her new book, Timothy Meadowmouse. She signed it for me, and now I'll have something special to read to Nolan. She and her son talked about reprinting the article for my office use to inspire people with chronic mental illness. With that offer, I knew they wouldn't mind me sharing her story with you guys.

Wait, that didn't come out right. Or maybe it did.

Rita's story

Timothy Meadowmouse
Bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica.

#188881 - 12/18/07 07:46 PM Re: Inspiring true story [Re: medic8r]
Ken.C Offline
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Posts: 18044
Loc: NoVA
Wow, that's great to hear.
I am the Doctor, and THIS... is my SPOON!

#188882 - 12/18/07 07:47 PM Re: Inspiring true story [Re: medic8r]
EFalardeau Offline

Registered: 08/27/07
Posts: 3397
Loc: Laval, Quebec, Canada
It came out right enough. \:\) Excellent story. Thanks for sharing (both you and them, obviously!). I know enough people with that family of disorder \:\( to know what this can mean. An uplift once in a while is that much more rewarding! \:\)
E = MC2 = ((2M80 + VP180 + 4QS8)/(EP800 + EP500))^(ADA1500 x D2v)

#188914 - 12/18/07 09:47 PM Re: Inspiring true story [Re: medic8r]
Ajax Offline

Registered: 12/30/03
Posts: 6331
Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
Great story JP. I have a bipolar nephew. I know how difficult that illness can be.

"People generally quarrel because they cannot argue." - G. K. Chesterton

#188921 - 12/18/07 10:10 PM Re: Inspiring true story [Re: medic8r]
chesseroo Offline

Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 5171
Loc: western canada
Somedays i think there are enough bipolars on the forums to sink a ship.

"Those who preach the myths of audio are ignorant of truth."

#188923 - 12/18/07 10:26 PM Re: Inspiring true story [Re: medic8r]
JohnK Offline
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Very good, John; thanks for sharing the story of Rita's struggle with us.

Enjoy the music, not the equipment.

#188963 - 12/19/07 08:49 AM Re: Inspiring true story [Re: JohnK]
Murph Offline

Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 6955
Loc: PEI, Canada
Very inspiring. I hope you can pass on back to her my thanks for her bravery in telling her story.
With great power comes Awesome irresponsibility.


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