Editor's Note: This was orginally a book and has been converted to a blog. Each paragraph was a different page in the book.
Dedication: This book is dedicated to my dad. My dad has a daily struggle with his mental illnesses. But, he pushes through it, and that is why he is my hero. I love my brave hero!
In 2012, my dad was diagnosed with many mental illnesses. My dad is 38 years old and has gone through many things that ordinary people do not go through.
My dad suffers from Bipolar II and Schizophrenia. That means he has a serious brain disorder. It causes unusual changes in his mood and his energy.
In 2012, my dad had to go to the hospital to control his disorders. I missed him very much.
When my dad came home from the hospital, he was told by his doctor that he had to take medicine for his illnesses. His journey on finding the right medicine started.
I believe my dad is so brave because he has to be an experiment to doctors. One month he will be on a medication, and the next month, he will be on another. It seems like he takes a million pills.
It’s all the same to me. He is the sweetest man I’ve ever known. He teaches me not ot give up, and that it’s ok to be different have problems.
I love my dad. He’s not crazy, he’s my Dadda.
My name is Princess Rios. I am 9 years old. I live in California. I am in third grade. I enjoy reading, dancing, singing, and acting. I also love swimming and playing basketball.
Princess won a Young Author's Award for writing this book.