People tell me I'm a mom on a mission. I am on a mission. We have to make the case for effective, compassionate care for those with serious mental illness (SMI) and to do that we have to tell our stories. 2018 EASTON HELMER BORDER BATTLE EDISION SLOWPITCH SOFTBALL BAT ASA 34 26.5Rawlings BBCOR Baseball Bat (white) 33 30Stories about tragedies that could have been prevented. Stories about the need for beds and housing. Stories about outrageous HIPAA laws that prevent us from helping those we love. Stories about our missing and homeless children and mothers and fathers. Stories about our sons and daughters in jails and prisons and solitary confinement without treatment. And on and on...
We have to do this. Nothing else is working. Not healthcare. Not government. Not prisons. Everything's fraught with hidden agendas, bureaucratic incompetence, and self-interest. Or lack of interest.Klymit Insulated Static V LITE 4 Season Sleeping Pad Mat perfect for....NIKE LEBRON X 10 EXT DENIM DS SIZE 10.5Adidas Yeezy 350 Turtledove Mens Sz 10.5 Football Cleats Boost B42410 NEW .
I hear many of you in the SMI community say, "So much has happened I could write a book." I believe you could write a book. Why not warm up here? Let's move our stories out of closed Facebook groups and anonymous support groups into mainstream discourse. Nitecore EC4S 2150 Lumen Flashlight with 2X NL189 18650 Batteries and D2 Char...DV8 Nasty Rumor Bowling Ball Reactive PearlLet's bombard the public/legislators with accounts they won't be able to ignore. Let's make change happen. Sooner than tomorrow...A33 blueee Outdoor Waterproof Marquee Tent Shade Camping Hiking 2.4X1.9M Z.
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BLOG 2: MY DIARY
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Finalist: 2017 New Millennium Writings 43rd Literary Awards Competition: Nonfiction
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For Patrick and his sisters,
Megan, Marisa, and Kerry.
And for the mothers.
Mothers are the people who love us for no good reason.
And those of us who are mothers know it's the most
exquisite love of all.
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I had no idea, as I was writing my diary (June 15, 2013 — June 15, 2014) that I was capturing the last year of my son’s life. Pat died, unexpectedly, on July 23, 2014, on a hospital psych ward. Suddenly, my diary morphed into a more poignant record than I’d anticipated and, after he died, I discovered Pat had been making regular posts on Facebook. I decided to add his comments to my own.
One day, you know it will be your turn. Something alters your projection. There’s a major shift and then events will be referenced as “before” or “after.” Your life as it was versus the way it is now. In Sooner Than Tomorrow, I learn — right along with the reader — what will happen next. We’re all on a journey. Thank you for going on this journey with me.”
— Dede Ranahan