Finding Us

A Mother’s Memoir of Braving Mental Illness with her Young Daughter

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Pub Date 15 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 16 Nov 2022

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Kristin was terrified she was going to lose her daughter. Her daughter could not breathe, her chest hurt, and she was experiencing loss of sensation in limbs, dizziness, and disorientation…all rolling up to a state of terror she had never before witnessed. It was September 16, 2020 and her life changed, suddenly and without warning, with her daughter’s onset of a panic disorder.

Living with a mental illness is a journey that is messy, complicated and often misunderstood. Despite our best efforts, an experience we cannot control, but instead bravely learn to live with, learn from, and feasibly teach others.

In Finding Us, Kristin Rohman Rehkamp shares her story to educate and bring visibility to what living with a child braving a mental illness looks like and feels like. Her hope is that her memoir normalizes the mental health conversation, while providing others comfort and support in knowing their unique challenges and journeys are understood.

Kristin was terrified she was going to lose her daughter. Her daughter could not breathe, her chest hurt, and she was experiencing loss of sensation in limbs, dizziness, and disorientation…all...


A Note From the Publisher

Kristin Rohman Rehkamp lives with her husband and three children in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. She currently owns and operates La Vie Est Belle, LLC (lavieestbelle.live); a brand that inspires giving and beautiful living. Given her personal experience with her oldest daughter, she is passionate about serving communities, organizations, and individuals working to break down barriers, raise awareness and make a difference in the lives of those braving mental illness.

Kristin proudly serves as a PrairieCare Fund Board Member and in various St. Croix Valley, Minnesota community leadership roles and programs. As Kristin advocates for her daughter through writing and speaking engagements, she looks forward to evolving mental health/well-being thinking and care models for those that journey with her family.

Kristin Rohman Rehkamp lives with her husband and three children in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. She currently owns and operates La Vie Est Belle, LLC (lavieestbelle.live); a brand that inspires giving and...


Advance Praise

“Kristin gives a memoir that is personal and passionate; it is contemporaneous, insightful and wise. Finding Us is unerringly truthful to the experience for those who have never had mental illness in the family, and those who HAVE will recognize their own stories within it.”

- Dan Parnell, NAMI affiliate leader

"Author Kristin Rohman Rehkamp gives an unflinching account of the daily challenges that come with her daughter's illness, showcasing what it means to live with a loved one suffering from mental health issues."

-Readers' Favorite

"Finding Us details the emotional and physical rollercoaster that one young girl experiences when she is suddenly struck with a mental illness and how her entire family is affected. Readers too, will feel the emotional ups and downs as one mother recounts what life is like when dealing with a child with a mental illness."

-Feathered Quill

"Finding Us does fellow parents in similar circumstances a big favor. It both validates emotional experiences and charts a way through the morass of emotional, legal, and social paperwork and responses that arise in response to a child's mental illness."

-D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

"An inspiring, empowering, and eye-opening memoir."

-Literary Titan

“Kristin gives a memoir that is personal and passionate; it is contemporaneous, insightful and wise. Finding Us is unerringly truthful to the experience for those who have never had mental illness in...


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I enjoyed seeing a book about a family member's mental health struggles from the perspective of one taking care of that family member. I cried whenever you brought up your daughter's struggles and how you handled them. I liked how you included letters to your children throughout the book. It opened my eyes to what it must be like for my parents to take care of their 38-year-old daughter who had also just in the last 2 years has been released from a hospital mental health unit.

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There's no how-to book for parenting. The author tells her story of raising a child with mental illness and how that has affected her family as well. The panic attacks must be dreadful to get through and to witness.
This family is very fortunate to apparently be well off enough to get their daughter all the help they can. And their daughter is very fortunate to have a loving and supportive family.
Although there was a bit too much repetition for my liking, this was a pretty good book.

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Finding Us
A Mother’s Memoir of Braving Mental Illness with her Young Daughter
by Kristin Rohman Rehkamp
Pub Date 15 Oct 2022
Atmosphere Press
Biographies & Memoirs | Health, Mind & Body


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Kristin found herself terrified she would loose her daughter, she was unable to breathe her chest hurt, and she was experiencing loss of sensation in limbs, dizziness, and disorientation…all rolling up to a state of terror she had never before witnessed. It was September 16, 2020 and her life changed, suddenly and without warning, with her daughter’s onset of a panic disorder.




Living with mental illness is not an easy journey, and it is not an easy one, it’s messy and it’s complicated and it doesn’t affect only the person with the disability but their loved ones as well. Despite the best of efforts, it is an experience that those dealing with it cannot control, but instead bravely learn to live with, learn from, and feasibly teach others.


Kristin Roham Rehkamp shares her story to educate and bring visibility to what living with a child braving a mental illness looks like and feels like. It is her hope that sharing her story in Finding Us helps to normalize the mental health conversation, while providing others comfort and support in knowing their unique challenges and journeys are understood.



I give Finding Us five out of five stars!


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In the face of the countless stigma of mental health illness, this book is a welcomed relief. It is a beautifully written story by a mother. Mother Kristin Rohman Rehkamp shares her family's journey as her teenage daughter copes with her mental health illness. By sharing her journey, Rohman Rehkamp will help countless other families.

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