November 11, 2005

A Daughter's Story on her Mother & Schizophrenia

This story - published recently in the Washington Post Magazine - is from a daughter of a woman who had schizophenia and who was being treated in a "faddish treatment for schizophrenics" when she mysteriously died. Its a well-written story about one woman's quest to learn about her mother's life and death, and how it has impacted her.

Thank you Lynn Ermann for writing your story, and letting us know about it.

Left Behind

She was only 9 when the woman who'd abandoned her at birth was murdered. Now she's finally ready to seek the truth about her mother's tortured life and brutal death.

"I was 9 when I first heard she had died. My father told me her body had been found in the swimming pool of the Florida mental institution where she was in treatment, that she had gone swimming on a December day in 1979 and drowned. This was the story my maternal grandmother had told him. But the story didn't make sense to me, even then. She was a good swimmer. It was one of the few things I knew about my mother, an aspiring artist who'd walked out on me when I was an infant and whom I'd seen only a handful of times. "

Click to Read the full story: Left Behind


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