Hello my name is Virginia Elkins and I am a mother, a teacher, a student, an author and many many other things. I list those from most important to most important. I say it like that because each and every one of those is important to me.
I have 2 beautiful daughters 15 and 17. They are the lights of my life. Heaven is my oldest and a spitting image of myself. She is very intellegent and wants to be a teacher. She is in her last year of high school and is attending college at OUC. Hannah my youngest is much like her father in many ways. She loves animals and being outdoors.Together the 3 of us have been to hell and back. My Exhusband was bi-polar and for most of my childrens lives I lived life on a tite rope. Bi-polar is a mental illness that affects mostly adults. Shortly after the birth of my second child he was diagnosed. Bi-polar otherwise known as manic-depression is an illness that causes mood swings, depression, suicide, and mania. It's not an illness that is easy to live with. Bouts of mania and rage can occur out of the blue. During those times things can become hostile very quickly. I found myself many times on the recieving end of verbal abuse and often physical abuse.
When my youngest duaghter turned 5 she too was diagnosed with a mood disorder. She also had other complications such as sensory integration , which is an illness that involves her nervous system causing her to be sensitive to pain and outside stimuli. At age 8 she was diagnosed with central auditory processing disorder that affected the way she heard and understood things. By the time she entered 5th grade I realized she was not learning anything from the school system. Which is when I became a teacher. I took on the task of homeschooling my child. It has been an uphill battle, but one that has been worth the climb.
Along the way I took up writing, it was a great outlet for my pain and fustration. In 2006 I published my first book Sweetp's Big Dream It took me 7 years to get it published, but it felt great to see my book in print. Most wonder if I became rich and famous, no I am far from rich and even further from being famous. But it wasn't about getting rich or getting famous and more about prooving to myself that I could do it.
In 2010 I became a student again. I went back to OUC to get my degree in computer technology. It proves to be a challenge every day but I love it. I love learning, I love the people and I love the fact that I am accomplishing something extradinary.
But the most important life change happened in June of this year. I finally got a divorce from my husband. A big weight was lifted off my chest and life for once became easier. Its been rough learning to not be afraid, learning to trust people, and to relax. But my kids and I are safe and we are happy and life goes on.