I usually participate in the Crohn's forum but saw your title "Good news about my son" and I just had to pop in to say congratulations. My own son had a very difficult few years and was hospitalized 5 times in 18 months with depression, suicidal thinking and finally dx bipolar. One year ago I thought he'd never even return to school -- and this weekend we celebrated his HS Graduation surrounded by family and friends.
I don't know what the road holds for him -- he's heading off to college, but we're cautious, because we've seen what can happen and so quickly. I think we've just learned to view the journey differently and to be gentle and supportive of each other no matter at what point we find ourselves. And, I've gotten good at setting up necessary supports along the way -- for both of us.
What I am writing to say is that even though you were sad your friend canceled, you sound like you're doing a GREAT JOB at staying connected with friends. I really admire that since I sort of retreated and stopped reaching out -- I was so traumatized ... I think it literally was like PTSD and it took me awhile (still ongoing) to crawl out of that. Keep scheduling those dinners and digging in that garden!
I wish you both wonderful things with this placement and in the future.
Official dx September 2007.
currently flaring (June 2010) with colitis
Medications: Pentasa, Omeprazole, Prednisone, 6MP
History of hypothyroid (dx 2004, take Levoxyl), and gall bladder surgery (1997).
47 years old; single mom to three wonderful kids, ages 12 to 18.