Between the first draft of Ben Behind His Voices and the final one that went to publication, a few chapters (well, about 100 pages) were on the literary equivalent of film’s “cutting room floor.” Here is one of the “lost” segments, from a NAMI Family-to-Family class I was teaching at the time.
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Readers who also happen to be healthcare providers (psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, etc.) give extra hope that the messages in our story (greater empathy, the human face of mental [...]
Like so many people I know, I have no short answer when people ask me, “So what do you do?”. If given just a few words, I guess I can say “I talk and write for a living”, or “I communicate professionally.” But, really? I am a serious dabbler – and insatiably curious information-seeker and [...]
One week before Ben’s first hospitalization in 2003, I stopped by his apartment because he wasn’t answering my calls. This is what I found, from the chapter “Not Sick Enough.” Ben’s silent treatment, and his living conditions, were almost grounds for the Emergency Room- but not quite. Not yet.
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Where truth, support, and hope began: NAMI’s Family-to-Family Course Now: Ben made the Dean’s List again! The letter from our local community college confirms his status and adds, “It is a a very worthwhile accomplishment to have become one of our best students.” For the first time in over a decade, Ben actually cares about [...]
When your child calls you, do you experience a moment of panic before you pick up? Even though your love knows no bounds? If your child has ever called you for help – the car won’t start, he is lost, her boyfriend broke up with her – you know the feeling. If your child has a [...]
why? because Ben is still in there, struggling to connect through the chaos of senses gone haywire, or sometimes dulled by the meds that keep him out of the hospital, in his brain.
Introduction – 2010
My son Ben knows the lyrics to every song I’ve never really noticed on the radio. He’s the one [...]
My Baby Boy
April 30, 1982
It’s hard for me not to see Ben’s life in two parts: before the illness – when everything seemed manageable with normal parenting skills – and afterwards, when all hell broke loose. Hopefully, now, he’s in a third phase: recovery. I remain so grateful that Ben’s doing well. But [...]