It occurs to me that some new readers of this blog may not really know the backstory that brought us here.
I’ve just returned from Warsaw, where I was honored to have the chance to speak to a global audience
about our family experience with schizophrenia and recovery in my son Ben – and to have shared the stage (well, one at a time…) with the wonderful Pete Earley, author of Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.
Pete told his story, and I told mine. The challenge was that, while I usually speak for at least a half hour, I had 17 minutes to sum up the last 15 years of chaos, discovery, and hope. Not easy! But it did encourage participants to pick up the book for the whole story.
So, for newbies to this site, here is a “nutshell” version of our path so far. I wrote this to send to NAMI, for possible media interest.
So – the “movie trailer” version of where we’ve been: