Because She Was Alone

I know that I have touched on my disability a little here and there. And that I do not mention it very often. Why? Well, mostly because I am embarrassed because of it. Most people think that a disability is something that can be seen. You know a limp, having to use a wheel chair or physical in sight. But mine is hidden from view. And I work so hard at not letting others know that when I do show it they are so surprised.

But even more so than that is my College Girl. She had to grow up with my disability and bear a great burden. I wish I had had this book for her as a preteen and teen. I'm Not Alone: A Teen's Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has a Mental Illness by Michelle D. Sherman and DeAnne M. Sherman would have been a great asset for her. It was awared ForeWord Magazines Book of the Year Award Finalist. And I can see why. To have an interactive book to help a teen:
  • understand the causes, symptoms and treatments of mental illness
  • learn coping skills
  • sort through complex feelings
  • deal with friends
  • identify resources and find hope
I can say this book would be a wonderful asset to families who have to deal with mental illness, trauma and those who have to face their families in military deployment. How hard it is to feel so confused inside when your family is being torn apart by unseen forces. As a matter of fact there is also Finding My Way: A Teen's Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has Experienced Trauma. This book is part of the education curriculum with the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). And is part of the National Guard's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program. I applaud that resource.

I know in talking to my College Girl, that she has tried to work her way through my illness. And the strongest part was when we opened up about it at her high school. She was in a health education class. When it came time to study mental illness we allowed a question/answer period from her teacher for the class to witness. It was hard for me to sit and try not to feel shame for my ill brain. But was great for my then School Girl to be able to allow her questions be answered for all around. And she lost shame that day.

I would greatly encourage anyone living with mental illness or with someone who has mental illness to share this book with their families. You can only find at or by calling 1-800-901-3480. I would like to thank Synergy Group for sending me a review copy.
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  1. What a great resource and how wonderful and courageous of you to go to CG's class in high school. Hugs!!!

  2. Sounds like a great book. Way to go Lynette for making it through all you have done and accomplished!

  3. Remember, the true shame belongs to anyone who makes you feel shameful for a mental condition that has NEVER been your fault. Be PROUD of who you are and shame on anyone who can not see the wonderful person you are.

  4. I am definitely glad that there are resources out there for those who love people with mental illnesses. I wish I had some understanding of what my mother was going through with her depression but since I have it along with GAD I hope that my daughter will feel supported and she won't feel so alone.

  5. What a great hat!!! I'd love to have the hutspa to wear it myself and turn heads :-)

  6. Hey kiddo! Just wanted to thank you for the invite! This week-end got away from me somehow. I truly don't like to go outside when it's cold. I did get my computer fixed! It was Internet Explorer. I called Hughes Net, He said "it's not us" (naturally)call Microsoft. I called microsoft, and all he did was reset the defaults. All that trouble for something that simple! I'll know next time (hopefully there won't be one). I checked out JenJo's blog and followed.
    Hope to see you Monday!

    Love ya!


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