Former governor of Wisconsin Marty Schreiber has seen his beloved wife, Elaine, gradually transform from the woman who had gracefully entertained in the Executive Residence to one who sometimes no longer recognizes him as her husband. In My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer's Caregiver, Marty candidly counsels those taking on this caregiving role.
From abandonment and betrayal to unconditional love and trust, Abandoned in Search of Rainbows chronicles Drigg's incredible life. Her provocative, often sizzling, candor lets us exerience the whole spectrum of emotions as Driggs searches for a meaningful life.
The suicide of her father hits Evonne Agnello hard, but when her brother follows suit four years later, she wonders if fate will send her along the same path. With sensitivity, Evonne explores mental illness from both sides—within the mind of the sufferer and of those watching the one suffering—and sends hope for all. She shows that depression is highly treatable and manageable and need not poison your life. One can emerge from the depths of despair and find reasons to dance in the sun.
"I don't want no cripple for a daughter." Her father's words, harshly spoken to seven-year-old Ila after an accident in her own backyard, haunted her for years, yet his inability to accept her weaknesses turned out to be a blessing in disguise. In an effort to prove her worthiness, young Ila learned to walk and even, secretly, to run again. Those first defiant steps produced a lifelong inner strength she needed all too often--as an athlete, a wife and mother, and a unique person who knew she deserved to pursue her dreams.
Sometimes it is the heart that truly sees ... Mettco Sabic has seen a lot in his life. Second Sight tells the dramatic but true story of one man's struggle to live, love, and succeed within a world of permanent darkness. Mettco's passage from a life of hopelessness to one of optimism and unlimited opportunity was not easy. He came to the United States knowing no English, with a severe disability, little capital, and few resources. Yet this journey has given him a unique view of life, one he shares as a motivational speaker who inspires others to aim high.
How do we define mental illness? Can we question doctors’ diagnoses? Does psychosis or schizophrenia or depression or any other similar label carry a life sentence for the individual? How much do we really know about mental illness? Michelle Murphy takes a fresh and open look at what we call mental illness, exploring possible environmental influences of the West’s modern lifestyle as well as examining whether the mentally ill really are ill. Murphy’s insight will have you looking at mental illness in a new light—and looking for new ways to deal with this “disease.”
An intriguing story of a true legal case. What’s this lawyer thinking? Why would an established attorney, who already had a flourishing law practice, even consider taking on a group of strangers who had found his name on the Internet and had no means of paying him? And why would he even bother with a case he initially felt he had not a snowball’s chance in hell of winning?
I never thought I would die in London, England. On June 16, 1980, I was killed in an automobile accident there. There was no self and no earth. It was like being in love on a beautiful day with the sun shining to the millionth power. I spent the subsequent eighteen months passionately wanting to return to where I had gone. Twenty-eight years and three books later, I realize we do not have to return. The truth is that we don't die.
Cory’s Story tells the true life of a yellow Labrador retriever, from the day author Sandra DeMers and her family bought him as a puppy until the present, and his incredible triumph over epilepsy. The story begins with the terrifying account of Cory’s first grand mal seizure when he had just turned three years old and explains how the family helped him overcome his condition through a change in his diet. Amusing anecdotes of this likeable Lab in his younger, healthy days bring smiles to all as Cory recovers.
Lost letters reveal a young woman’s fascinating life during revolutionary 1926 China. Harriet H. Smith, idealistic nurse, returns to China and Yale in China’s schools of medicine and nursing and its hospital to continue working with her beloved Chinese students, patients, and colleagues and to pursue her humanitarian causes. A valuable book both for history lovers and casual readers who just want to enjoy the unique day-to-day experiences of a young American nurse years, ahead of her time, and see how her experiences parallel today’s world in turmoil.