Emily's story

If I was to write a story on psychosis as a parent it’s difficult to know where to start. When you have a well adjusted child who is loving and caring and has never caused you any problems in the eighteen years of her life, our reaction amongst the many tears my husband and I shed was “why Laura”.

I remember the day as if it was yesterday and for the rest of my life when the doctor/psychiatrist from the Early Intervention Team came to see Laura. He was very kind and asked us numerous questions with regard to Laura’s health and then spoke to Laura separately. I remember standing in the kitchen thinking please god please let this be the day when Laura gets help as it felt as if it has been a lifetime since Laura had fallen ill. The doctor said Laura had agreed to go into hospital and she was admitted the next day. I cried so much with relied that Laura was finally going to get the help she needed.

For the next ten months Laura stayed in hospital with a wonderful team of doctors and nurses. There were many traumatic moments that caused us to worry but we knew Laura was in the right place for her to get well.

We had regular meetings with Laura’s doctor/psychiatrist at the hospital to discuss Laura’s condition. Also present was another doctor and Laura’s social worker who is looking after Laura now.

Laura has been out of hospital for a year and a half and is progressing extremely well; she is at college doing her A levels. We never thought she would get there two years ago because the difference then to now is amazing. We have got our Laura back

I cannot tell you how grateful we are to the doctors, social workers and all the staff at  the hospital. We owe everything to them because without there expertise and kindness, we do not know what we would have done. Please carry on the marvellous work, we are extremely grateful.

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