Not My Story To Tell
My journey through grief: Loving and losing a daughter with bi-polar disorder
by Cathy Lynn Brooks
Pub Date 18 Oct 2017
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Cathy Lynn Brooks spent her career working with children with special needs, but despite her professional experience, it was still heartbreaking for her to witness the challenges faced by her daughter, Justine.
Justine always reminded Cathy of Annie Oakley. She was fierce and protective of the vulnerable, but she was also plagued by her own troubles.
At a young age, Justine was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. As Justine grew up, she often made bad choices due to the traumas of her past and her mental illness. Through it all, Cathy never stopped loving her daughter.
In this revealing and powerful book, Cathy takes you back to the early days of Justine’s childhood and the events that led to her diagnosis. Cathy watched her daughter try time and again to change her life, amazed and awed by Justine’s persistence, courage, and compassion.
Cathy hopes that her daughter’s journey to a place of healing and peace will inspire others struggling with mental illness or caring for a family member with the same issues. She shows families that, while there are many obstacles on the road to better mental health, there are amazing joys waiting for you as well!
This book was a true depiction of real life. It was raw, truthful, emotional, beautiful and most of all relatable. I don’t know one family that mental health hasn’t touched. This story, Justine’s life, is a beautiful depiction of how you can struggle when life gives you lemons but you still make lemonade in how Justine carried herself through life and also how the author chose to grieve. So wonderful to make art that will last forever out of a tragedy. Truly enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it.