Dec 27, 2019 Latest post:
May 15, 2020
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. While CaringBridge is more often used for cancer/surgical/injury etc. CDMH is one of the 'other' illnesses that is suitable/approved for setting up a CaringBridge site.
After approximately two years of struggling at school, home, socially and personally, a difficult decision was made to enroll him in a long term CDMH / Chemical Dependency - Mental Health facility. On December 10th, we made our way to Lakeside Academy in Buffalo, MN to check in. Lakeside Academy, "MN Teen Challenge" is a Christian Behavior and Recovery Center for boys age 13-18. The campus , that used to be a girl scout camp is set on 48 acres, on Lake Charlotte. The grounds are heavily wooded with many different buildings for program classes and activities. BIG bonus for Nathan - our dog Bullit is allowed to visit, run free with the other dogs, he can even come inside any of the buildings, spending all of the visiting time with us. The program length is typically 10 to 15 months. Hard to think that far out, focusing on right now and him making it through each phase one by one. Hits me right in the stomach just to write that, 10-15 months....sigh. We do however feel like something needed to be done and that this is the right move for Nathan right now.
We'll post as we learn anything new about his progress, or activities.