For those of you who have been following my son
Willy's amazing ADHD and childhood onset (age 6)
bipolar recovery story, the following is the latest
update, one that I just received last night.
[A few minutes after I wrote the above copy in this
blog last night, just as I was about to continue it,
it had become clear that "my third computer" had been
hacked. All kinds of strange things were happening. I
could not use either browser that I had to send mail,
I could not use Yahoo Messenger at all, and I could
not work on this blog anymore. I was cut off from
"contacting the world" in any way with this computer
last night as a result of having gotten hacked again.
This is my third time being hacked. The last time it
happened in December I lasted only 12 days online,
this time I lasted only 29.5 hours, just a little over
a day. (The Zone Alarm firewall I am using counted
over 1000 attempted intrusions in this time, four of
which were high rated.)
Although I am using this hacked computer to write this
and the above paragraph this morning, I don't expect
to be able to finish this blog without more computer
trouble and/or being shut down again. Please bear with
me here. I will finish this blog as soon as I possibly
can, using a library computer if I have to. Who knows,
I might get lucky this morning (I did get lucky!) and
this computer will hold up for the moment. However,
for all ostensible purposes this computer I am using
has been maliciously hacked and "is probably on it's
last legs" (and soon I won't be able to use it at
all). I am almost 100% certain of this.]
What follows is the gist of Willy's updated recovery
story, one I am sure that you will enjoy, assuming you
read his original ADHD/bipolar recovery story that was
put out across the internet last June, and that you
read his updated recovery story in Dec.
I went to dinner with my ex-wife and my two sons
(Willy and Max) last night. After dinner, I went over
to the house and chatted with Willy for about an hour,
while my ex and Max went to school to sign him up for
track in the spring.
Willy gave me the following information last night:
He had just received a 98 on his NYS Regents exam in
Social Studies, the only NYS Regents exam he took this
year. He was actually a bit disappointed with a 98, as
he had hoped that this grade was 100. And this from a
Ritalin drugged and very learning impaired child only
a few short years ago.
Willy told me that he was now able to do pull-ups with
one arm, three pull-ups with his right arm, and one
pull-up with his left arm. (He showed me this.) Willy
weighs 175 lbs. He told me that no one in his high
school can do pull-ups with one arm. I sure have never
been able to do a pull-up with one arm my entire life.
Willy told me that in high school, just after he had
had a real workout one day (such that he was real
"muscle-tired"), another boy challenged him to a
push-up contest, to see who could do more push-ups in
a row without stopping. Willy knew that he was giving
up a real advantage to this boy, as the other boy had
not just had a physical workout beforehand.
Nonetheless, Willy agreed, as he felt that he could
still win. The other boy did 87 push-ups. Willy did
Willy also told me that he is now able to do the
maximum weight that the particular exercise machine
allows at more of the exercise machines at the health
club that he goes to in order to work out.
And Willy told me that he was currently reading not
one, but two!, books. Willy has NEVER told me he is
reading books on his own at home. Reading is something
Willy was just not that good at, and he avoided
reading whenever he had the choice. For Willy to tell
me that "he is reading books" of his own interest and
his own choosing with his free time at home is
extremely encouraging to me. Even though Willy still
has some degree of reading impairment vs. other kids
his age, he seems to be clearly improving in this
regard. Hoorah Willy! Your reading books is the best
news you could have given me tonight.
And last, but not least, in the good news department,
Willy looked like "a million dollars" last night. His
health and happiness really shows, without him
uttering a single word.
The single piece of bad news that Willy had for me
last night is that his maximum on the bench press is
still what it was in December. He can only bench press
290 lbs. He has yet to crack 300 lbs. on the bench
press, but he hopes to do so fairly soon.
Knowing how compromised my son was in July of 2004,
both mentally and physically, vs. where he is today, I
cannot help but believe that Willy Darman represents
one of the most amazing physical and mental health
recoveries on the planet. And he did this in only 30
short months, by applying alternative medical concepts
(such as food allergen avoidance) and supplements
(nutrients, probiotics, and digestive enzymes) to
himself. And most amazingly, as I am a non-custodial
parent that sometimes does not see my son for a month
at a time, Willy more or less effected his own
recovery by himself. (I may have taught Willy what he
needed to do, but he did it, not me. I was not even
around to see it happen.)
My son Willy has become one of the healthiest persons
that I have ever known. And this occurred despite his
having a long history of being a weak and a sickly
child. Willy did not just get better from ADHD and
childhood bipolar disorder, he "got more than better"
vs. most the peers in his class. He appears to be
mentally much healthier and happier than "the norm"
for other children his age. And Willy is nearly the
strongest person in his entire high school, despite
the fact that he is only in the 10th grade (such that
he is being compared to older children, as Willy is
only 16 years old and 4.5 months or so), and despite
the fact he is being compared to some other kids that
are much larger than Willy in both size and weight.
Witnessing what I have witnessed in regard to my son
Willy's recovery journey, and knowing what I know
about ADHD, depression, and bipolar disorder, I can
help help but think that the medical model for both
ADHD and bipolar disorder ENDED with my son. Willy's
amazing recovery may be looked at as the turning point
for resolution and the treatment of ADHD and bipolar
disorder throughout the whole world someday. (In my
opinion, it already is just this.)
No wonder I keep getting my personal computers hacked
as soon as I go online with them. The drug companies
have to be scared to death about what I am saying. I
am actually quite surprised that I was able to finish
this copy this morning, without this computer messing
up so much that I couldn't do so, and therefore had to
use the public library later to complete this material
and get it out across the net.
Lastly, if you have not read the ongoing saga of my
son, this story makes far more sense if you first read
Willy's original ADHD/bipolar recovery story (this
came out in June 2006), and then read the first update
to his recovery story (this came out in December
2006). These are all over the net. Just google Willy
Darman to find them, or read them in my Yahoo 360 blog
entries at http://360.yahoo.com/allen_dar
Hoorah Willy! You continue to generate greater and
greater hope for us all.
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