This letter is to my son Steve. You have been home now for almost one year. In fact it will be one year exactly on Sept. 4th 1999.
You see, Steve was in treatment for three years. I placed him in a residential treatment facility for treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
You had such a hard time in life. People never did understand you or accept you for who you were. I wanted only for you to become the productive citizen that I knew you could become.
With your hyperactivity and emotional outbursts and abuse from peers and teachers it had taken its toll on you. Finally I knew that it was then or never that I took things into my own hands and help you.
I had tried to get help all along but, everyone kept saying that nothing was wrong. But, I knew better. It must be the intense feelings that a mother has. So I made my decision and placed you into treatment for help.
Well, that decision paid off. After the three years away you came home. What a difference time can make.
You had learned so much being away from home. You learned to control your anger and control how others make you feel. You are a strong, confident, wonderful young man. I am in awe of you and the tools that you learn and use on a daily basis.
You just finished a cooking class and recieved an award for the “Most Enthusiastic Cook”. You love to cook and maybe one day will make a career out of it. But, what ever you do decide to do you will be successful.
I love you with all my heart. You are my life and I am so very proud of you. With all that you have accomplished so far and will in the years to come.
So Happy Anniversary to you and to me. To you for your hard work in all that you do daily. To me for having you home with me.