difficult child continues to have health problems and she is struggling in school. Her ulcers seems to be getting worse and she continues to miss days at school because of the pain. Due to the location of the pain the gastroenterologist is now thinking that her gallbladder is involved. So I am taking her to the children's hospital on Tuesday to run more tests. And she had a flat erect test to check her bowels at her pediatrician's office. The results came back abnormal so the doctor wants to run the test again to see if it was just a fluke or it's really something abnormal. In the meantime she continues to miss more school and I have my mom and now my boyfriend breathing down my neck asking why I am not forcing her to go. I am doing my best but it's not easy when your 200 pound kid is throwing up and insists she's in pain and won't get into the car. My boyfriend is asking me how she is ever supposed to graduate if she's not at school and I don't know what to say. I wonder about the same thing. When she is at school she is struggling in her elective classes. So far she's doing okay in her academics because she has an aide work with her one on one and she gets the work done. In art and ceramics they have essays to write and it's hard for her since writing is her biggest weakness. Sometimes they send an aide in to go help her but they can't do it every day so she's not getting as much help as she should. And she's failing PE, mostly due to the fact that she says she is too sick to participate so she gets marked down for it. At this rate she will have to redo PE in her junior year because she can't pass it. I hate watching her struggle and I feel helpless. Her dad just got through telling her about a month ago that she's a hopeless cause and it's too late for her to become a success in life. He told her that her brother still has a chance to become successful so that's why he took him in to live with him. To give him a chance. But for her it's too late and she is never going to be a success. So I try to be as positive as I can to combat all the negative stuff she hears from her dad. But it's hard for me to try and motivate her when she has pretty much given up on herself. How do you tell a kid they can make it in this life if she doesn't believe in her own abilities? At this rate I am just hoping and praying she will make it far enough to graduate. But right now I'm not too sure.