Things are so different now. Sometimes I get mad at her when she says, “Julie, you’re showing the signs of mania. You have to be careful. Are you doing something about it?” I taught her to ask these questions and it helps, but I often just think, good god woman! Just leave me alone!
I am a mess without her help though- she sees what I can’t. We are a team.
I still don’t think my father really understands me- we live in different states. But I know he is trying. He has read my books and says, “I’m trying hard understand this Julie, but it’s just not easy for me.” I appreciate his honesty.
I just realized that ‘we live in different states’ is a double entendre!
You have to teach your family what you need- and as a family member you have to educate yourself fully in order to understand this darn complicated illness!
PS: Growing up my dad was a submarine officer and then a pilot. He is a very interesting man. (yes, all of my long hair is gone!)
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