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My twenty-one year old son will be voting for Obama tomorrow. He will be voting tomorrow!!! Did you hear me? My son will be voting because ObamaCare saved him from hurting someone else, hurting himself, or dying.

You see, mental illness (bipolar II - Manic) claimed him on and off after 2006. At various times, my Caucasian suburban son was a legend in his own mind: a Mexican drug lord, a professional skateboarder, an African-American hip hop star, and a famous writer. Meanwhile, lifetime medical caps for treatment and therapy were reached early on and cobra kicked in for his 18th birthday. For a 2 year stretch, we paid at least $1200 monthly to give him psychiatric care and cover medications. There were hospitalizations, outpatient programs, arrests and judicial proceedings, rampages, car crashes, drugs, and suicidal ideations. We gave up on repairing our home. I stopped working to care for him.  We lived in HELL and FEAR for him and for us and for society.

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 was the beginning of a new life for him and our family. We were able to get him the intensive psychiatric care he needed to stabilize. He is learning how to live with his illness. We are healing as a family. YOUR VOTES in 2008 and 2012 for Obama helped to save him.

Thank you all from the bottom of a mother's heart.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)
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    Audrid, not a cent, NMRed, FloridaSNMOM, cRedd

    Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. --Robert Collier

    by revm3up on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 11:47:32 PM PST

  •  This is why we do this. (3+ / 0-)
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    NMRed, FloridaSNMOM, cRedd

    This is why we will not quit, will not give up.

    Much love to you and your son.

  •  Our kids (0+ / 0-)

    All of them deserve to grow up with health care as a right!
    We also lived through the fear and constant strain of a young adult child being ravaged by the onset of bipolar disorder. Three years ago, how could I have imagined that now, at 30, she'd be phonebanking for Obama and for Marriage Equality, serving on our local arts commission, volunteering for Habitat? We're still paying off the medical bills, but we have her back, vibrant, productive and thriving. Save Obamacare, save hope -- GOTV!!

    "If we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom" Samuel Adams

    by cRedd on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 06:17:53 AM PST

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