Courage to Follow Her Dreams
Upon Angie’s first hospitalization for a mood disorder, her mother was told by a nurse that Angie would never graduate high school or function normally. This hospitalization came 5 years after her father’s suicide. Troublesome years followed. She did graduate high school and finished two years of college before her next hospitalization. This complication forced her to leave college and move back in with her mother and step-father, which she found very devastating.
The next three years were a haze of depression. There were days Angie didn’t leave her bed. Angie says, “I was convinced there were no happy endings and I stopped trying.” Later, she attempted to return to school. This was a private school where they were not willing to accommodate her depression. She did not pass her courses.
Throughout her journey she kept in touch with her first boyfriend, Joe, who would later become her husband. They dated after high school. This was right before she left for college and he enlisted in the Air Force. The couple was apart for seven years before re-connecting in the summer of 2011. Angie was coming out of what she describes as one of her longest depressions.
In June of that year Angie’s mom, who had been suffering from depression herself, took her own life. This was 13 years after her father had done the same. Angie says, “I was stunned and saddened,” but life went on from there and two months later she found out that she and Joe were pregnant with their first child. In October of that year they were married.
Joe, an Air Force veteran, lives with disabilities as a result of his service. His disability is a barrier to employment. So, after being a stay-at-home mom for three years raising two children; it was necessary for Angie to return to the workforce. This is when she connected with Life-Work Planning Center. Angie says Life-Work Planning Center was a safe place to explore her options and discover her possibilities.
As the wife of a disabled partner Angie qualified for services as a displaced homemaker. She worked with a Peer Counselor to get some direction in her job search and to gain the confidence to apply for jobs in order to support her family.
Angie worked as a Paraprofessional during which time she decided to return to school to obtain her teaching degree in English for grades 5 through 12.
What Angie most wants people to know is that management of her mood disorder requires close work with a psychiatrist and regular therapy. She says, “I am thankful to Life-Work Planning Center for helping me get back on my feet and giving me support in pursuing my dreams of becoming a teacher. With the right help and support, management of a mood disorder is possible. Despite challenges and loss, if you keep hoping (and working) motivation and happiness CAN be restored!”