We don’t become discouraged, since God has given us this ministry through his mercy. Instead, we have refused to use secret and shameful ways. We don’t use tricks, and we don’t distort God’s word. As God watches, we clearly reveal the truth to everyone. This is our letter of recommendation.
-2 Corinthians 4:1-2
Hello, we are the Haltom Family. It’s been almost a year since we flew back here in the Philippines from Tennessee, USA.
“Our family picture taken last 2015, taken during our first quarter of staying in the Philippines.”
Joshua Adam Haltom, my husband suffered from Traumatic Brain Injury when he was only at the age of 13. With a ruling diagnosis of Cerebral Contusion, essentially it is a rust. Physical rust as well as mental rust. Years after his TBI, he was diagnosed having Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, Social Anxiety. Recently, after so many stressing triggers that happened within a year of stay here in the Philippines like the emergency confinement of our almost 2 year old daughter who accidentaly ingested his strong antipyschotic medicines haloperidol, my husband experienced an intense and deep depressive episode.
Slowly, he was able to bounce back from it, and became more optimistic, and had significant contributions to the community we are living in. Our family after being in the Philippines for quite a while, we have embarked on an open-source Education Development project called Teach Them Well-Barternihan, with the mission of raise the quality of life family to family, community to community, building with Pray, Care, Share.
Last September 30 of this year, we faced another stress-triggered situation and that was the processing of immigration papers which brought my husband one psychotic episode and trip to the emergency room which led him to another mental diagnosis, Bipolar and Mood disorder.
Followed by another series of episodes brought by the death of his grandmother last October 10, 2016, and deep depression because of being far and not able to attend the burial. Our family suffered an extreme emotional hardship because of my husband’s mental health and situation.
My husband saw a Psychiatrist in De La Salle University Medical Center, though she was confident that medicines are available here to help his mind to stay-leveled and to be functional in what today’s society is requiring from family like ours, still she recommended that it is healthier for my husband to be back in his homeland of TENNESSEE, in a familiar environment. Being far makes him suffer greatly.
He has expressed reason that he wants to back to the united states to start again. My husband is still finishing his Bachelor’s degree with Antioch University online program in Human Resource Management, and by God’s grace this coming Spring season, he will have finished it.
With his present medical condition, which until now is not yet fully back to his normal competitive self but slowly getting there, we are needing your support in funding the plane tickets to comeback as a family in the USA for Josh well being, for him to see his own doctors, the right medicines , the ability for him to have medical insurance, familiar people and surroundings. We set-up a campaign at Go Fund me entitled Haltom Health & Well Being.
Today, we see many who are stricken with illness, tired and poor, many with less than quality comforts, and so together or not, we need to make a difference, to help when we can.
We ask you, friends, pray for us, and if you can spare a word of encouragement or some financial donations of your own, please do. Thank you so much for your love.
Jesus loves you, people.
-The Haltom Family
If you have a loved one who is suffering with Schizophrenia, here are some things that you can do to help them with the condition. Knowledge is power.
–Get them treatment and encourage them to stay in treatment
–Remember that their beliefs or hallucinations seem very real to them
–Tell them that you acknowledge that everyone has the right to see things their own way
–Be respectful, supportive, and kind without tolerating dangerous or inappropriate behavior
–Check to see if there are any support groups in your area.
Source: National Institute of Mental Health