Daughter passed 8th grade. It was by the skin of her teeth but she passed. It was the most emotionallydifficult school year ever with her cycling so fast and us not knowing till the end what was going on. She started medication 2 weeks ago and right now it seems to be helping after an increase this week. She is currently PMSing and if you don't know what that is like with an untreated bipolar girl, let me just say you never want to know. This week tho has been a breeze for her and us. My husband and I are having a really rough spot in our marriage and are at the point of splitting if things don't change ASAP. Daughter knows and has put in her 2 cents on what she thinks. She is wise beyond her years and I saw a glimpse of the amazing woman she is becoming. We always hope and work to raise them to be responsible, independent, loving, productive adults. When you see the struggles our difficult children face it worries you for what their future will be like. I know daughter will not always be on even keel because of her bipolar, but I applaud her in how she is handling it. She is learning everything she can in therapy to help her manage. She is understanding that it very likely will require medication for the rest of her life to manage it and help her function. She is willingly complying with taking her medication, tho I know that may not always last. She is a realist that faces things head on and now she is beginning to see glimpses of how she can do that without losing herself to the chaos that bipolar makes her feel when she isn't being treated. I do not expect life to always be easy with her or for her, but I am rejoicing in the victory we have had in this moment.