From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

June 23

After a last-ditch attempt at a hospital stay, my husband and I had to make plans for our daughter’s future that did not include bringing her home. “Your daughter is depressed and suicidal,” a psychiatric consultant said.“May I suggest a wonderful environment for her in northern Idaho?”

For five months her father and I did not hear from Lara. Then a letter arrived thanking us for her new clothes. The communication got better, and that led to our first visit. Each time we came, we saw more improvement.

Two and a half years flew by as Lara bloomed like a rose, my husband and I became one again, and our son became happy and self-confident. I think we were meant to go through all this pain, for only when one experiences such pain can one experience such joy.

Eventually Lara graduated from U. C. Irvine with honors and was accepted as the youngest member of the San Francisco Opera Company.

For those struggling with children with problems, don’t give up. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. We know. We have been there.

Bobbi Bisserier

When there appears to be no hope, don’t give
up. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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