What a year 2020 was, with a very difficult ending for us personally, but it all turned out for the better thanks to Deon.
My son, Ruan, experienced major setbacks from August 2020. He has bipolar and did not want to take his medication due to stubbornness. In a period of five years his medication was unchanged and so it didn’t have the effect that it used to have. According to him, there was nothing wrong, so why change it? He thought he didn’t need it anymore. He had a head injury and started to act very irrationally. In November 2020, he asked me to come and stay with him. I noticed that he was not himself and started to talk to him about his bipolar. I did a lot of research and watched several videos on YouTube to get information on how to handle the situation.
One day, out of pure discouragement I was on Google and found Deon’s phone number. I believe that the Lord planned for our paths to cross. When I called, Deon answered and asked how he could help me. So, our journey began. He asked me questions about Ruan and the circumstances and offered his advice. For me, it was great to get knowledge from someone who has bipolar himself, and who understands and knows how to support such a person and how he would like to be treated. For me, bipolar is a deadly disorder.
Ruan threatened to commit suicide for a time and on 24 December, he went over into action and overdosed on medication. I started to worry because he wasn’t waking up and was snoring heavily. It started to scare me, so I called Deon who answered immediately and asked questions. He recommended calling an ambulance immediately. I did so and after a while, the paramedics showed up. I showed them what medication Ruan had taken took because I discovered it in the bathroom trash. They took him to hospital and his life was spared. Ruan was then transferred to a hospital close to our home. After four days, he was discharged. Deon called every day, not only worried about Ruan, but me too. There are few people such as Deon today who cares so much about his neighbour. He was a real pillar in my time of need. He also recommended that I should encourage Ruan to go back for treatment. Ruan did so after Deon directed me on how to approach the subject with Ruan. Deon even offered to come and visit us, but I moved and therefore made no more personal contact with him. I learned a lot from him who understood the disorder and can really help support the family and friends of their loved one who has bipolar. I can recommend Deon as bipolar coach who cares, and I believe he will reach great heights through his books and talks.
May the Lord richly bless him for all he means to me and Ruan. May he help many people through his honest and sincere caring way. Deon needs every prayer so he can help and assist others. The Lord has prepared for him a wonderful future.
“A friend in need is a friend indeed.”