As for the rest of our family, Liam’s journey has sparked so many conversations in our house and has truly changed us for the better. I worry about all five of my kids every day, but I focus on maintaining open communication. I encourage my children to be kind. If they see someone sitting by themselves, I encourage them to sit with them. Include them. I want to teach them to be thoughtful and compassionate individuals.
My heart is filled with joy when I see the positives that have come out of this terrible ordeal, like when my youngest son came home from school and told me of a classmate who was upset. He gave her a hug and said, “Don't be sad. I'm your friend."
I pray that we all continue to have honest conversations about bullying and continue to tackle this life-altering issue together. In the meantime, we are ecstatic to have Liam back with our family where he belongs. He is currently taking medication to help manage his depression, he’s slowly but surely gaining weight, and he has reconnected with friends who provide much-appreciated support and camaraderie. Liam doesn’t enjoy soccer like he used to but is having a blast exploring other interests, like skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing. And every day, he smiles more as he continues to work on himself and his confidence.
And I’ll stand with him every step of the way.