Guest Post with Mary Blowers. Please note that Mary is also currently accepting submissions for her “Dreams and Visions” Anthology; more info on her site: http://marydekokblowers.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/submissions-requested-for-anthology/
ON HEARING OF MY MOTHER’S DEATH SIX YEARS AFTER IT HAPPENED:
A Daughter’s Memoir of Mental Illness
It was the spring of 1989. I was sixteen years old, a junior in high school and an honors student. I had what every teenager wants: a stable family, a nice home in the suburbs, a great group of friends, big plans for my future, and no reason to believe that any of that would ever change.
Then came my mother’s psychosis.
I experienced first-hand the terror of watching someone I loved transform into a monster, the terror of discovering that I was to be her primary victim. For years I’ve lived with the sadness of knowing that she, too, was a helpless victim – a victim of a terrible disease that consumed and destroyed the strong and caring woman I had once called Mom.
My mother’s illness took everything. My family, my…
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