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#1 Yippee-Ki-Yay

Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:29 PM


DS18 has graduated yr 12!

He was only able to attend three weeks of school in yr 11 due to severe mental illness.

This year was sooooo difficult for us both. Having to get him up at 5:45am most mornings for between 4 and 6 hours commuting for the day. Work placement and social issues causing severe anxiety, but he did it!

He is the first person in my family to complete yr 12 (I know, bunch of winners here). He may even beat me out to be the first one to earn a degree!

Most importantly he has been able to enjoy learning again and has plans for his future, which was unthinkable 18 months ago.

I am beyond proud. What an amazingly resilient young man.

*would now like to go to sleep for a month to catch up on a lot of lost hours and in anticipation of his brother starting VCE next year.

#2 rowd

Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:31 PM

Wow, huge congrats to your son (and you)! Sounds like an incredible effort from you both. You have every right to be proud.

#3 rainycat

Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:34 PM

What a fantastic effort, good on him and you too! So well done!

#4 IamOzgirl

Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:34 PM

That is awesome!!

#5 BadCat

Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:34 PM

That's awesome.  Congrats to him, and to you!

I wish I'd been able to get a similar result for my son.

#6 Yippee-Ki-Yay

Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:40 PM

View PostBadCat, on 11 November 2019 - 12:34 PM, said:

That's awesome.  Congrats to him, and to you!

I wish I'd been able to get a similar result for my son.

There was every chance we werent going to make it BC. He had a cut off of midday today and submitted his last task at 12:10pm, but they accepted it - we were very lucky.

Your DC's time will come. I know that because of how you talk about your kids and how you have made such an open and enlightened family environment. Things could have easily gone the other way and while my son is very resilient, it wasnt his resilience or my efforts that got him, it was the place he was going to and the subject matter and a healthy serving of medication!

#7 Elfie34

Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:45 PM

How awesome for you and your son. I have been following your journey for a while, and my son is only 8 but i have drawn inspiration by how you have both kept going despite the challenges that disabilities and mental illness bring.


#8 ~elle~

Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:47 PM

Congratulations to your son - great job!!

#9 Romeo Void

Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:48 PM

I've got literal gooebumps SL.  That he managed this while battling mental health issues is so impressive...that boy of yours is a Superhero!

#10 Clementinerose

Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:49 PM

You must be so proud, well done to your son

#11 lizzybirdsworth

Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:52 PM

Awesome! Congratulations to your ds for all his hard work and dedication.
And a huge congratulations to you for getting your ds through such a hard time. Yr 12 is not easy and there needs to be better mental health support at schools to help students get through it.
Time to celebrate 🎉

#12 hills mum bec

Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:54 PM

Congratulations to your DS, OP!  I know that mixed feeling of relief and pride, My DS has also finished year 12 this year and I never imagined that being an option for him.  He was ready to give it all up at the end of last term but I am so grateful to his teachers who went above and beyond to help him finish throughout the school holidays.

#13 can'tstayaway

Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:57 PM

Congratulations to you both!

#14 wallofdodo

Posted 11 November 2019 - 01:01 PM

Well done! Both you and your son!

#15 cstar

Posted 11 November 2019 - 01:02 PM

That's fantastic news, well done to both of you!

#16 wilding

Posted 11 November 2019 - 01:04 PM

That's wonderful news!
I read the title and had a feeling it was you.
After everything you have all been through.

#17 Yippee-Ki-Yay

Posted 11 November 2019 - 01:07 PM

In other good news, I also managed to pay off the loan for the school before he graduated, so he is able to graduate without that hanging over our heads (he paid off a third of the loan himself).

#18 SM3s Fight Song

Posted 11 November 2019 - 01:08 PM

That's fantastic SL.  Congratulations to both of you. I'm so glad for both of you that he made it.

#19 Greatmum

Posted 11 November 2019 - 01:16 PM

That’s amazing!!!! Great work guys.

#20 chicken_bits

Posted 11 November 2019 - 01:21 PM

Best post! Congrats to you and your son SL. You're an amazing mum!

#21 RichardParker

Posted 11 November 2019 - 01:27 PM

Yay!  Education transforms lives.  huge congrats.

#22 Mmmcheese

Posted 11 November 2019 - 01:29 PM

Woo Hoo! Congrats to you all xx

#23 limakilo

Posted 11 November 2019 - 02:47 PM

That is the best news!!!!
I can only imagine how you are all feeling, and what a boost that will be for him.

#24 CrankyM

Posted 11 November 2019 - 02:51 PM

Wonderful brilliant news! Congratulations to your DS and well done for helping him through it all.

#25 IamtheMumma

Posted 11 November 2019 - 02:54 PM

:clap: :thumbs: :dance: Way to go DS1

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