Do your children participate in walk-a-thons with you?
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|Sun, 10-10-2010 - 12:36pm|
Some of us have children who are on psychotropic meds making it difficult to withstand heat and cold or even have the energy to participate in walk-a-thons. But when they actually CAN participate, it is great family-bonding. This is the first year I was brave enough to be a team captain for a NAMI Walk-a-thon - their biggest fund-raiser of the year. I love this video from last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLuzv_vnsTc&feature=player_embedded
My kids used to participate in walks for MS, but never in the ones for stamping out the stigma of mental illness, until recently, and both are adults now. In fact, my younger daughter was a team captain a few years back! This year will be the first that my husband is joing us in the walk - mostly because he had toe surgery and can walk with us now with less pain. I am so happy he is joining us!
I am proud that NAMI changed one of it's support principles tro say something about recognizing that these severe "mental" illnesses - major depressive disorder, OCD, schizophrenia nad bipolar - are medical illnesses.Now, if we can only get rid of the stigma about it in the medical profession as well as in society at large.