Even as a reporter, Sheila Hamilton missed the signs as her husband David's mental illness unfolded before her. By the time she had pieced together the puzzle, it was too late. Her once brilliant, intense, and hilarious partner was dead within six weeks of a formal diagnosis of bipolar disorder, leaving his nine-year-old daughter and wife without so much as a note to explain his actions, a plan to help them recover from their profound grief, or a solution for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt that they would inherit from him.
All the Things We Never Knew takes listeners from David and Sheila's romance through the last three months of their life together and into the year after his death. It details their unsettling descent from ordinary life into the world of mental illness and examines the fragile line between reality and madness. Now, a decade after David's death, Sheila and her daughter, Sophie, have learned the power of choosing life over retreat, let themselves love and trust again, and understand the importance of forgiveness. Their story will resonate with all those who have loved someone suffering from bipolar disease and mental illness.
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WOW--Honest, Gripping and Vulnerable--Thank you!
The best so far on this topic. Sheila is a master storyteller and brings the facts to life like you are living it yourself. Her story brought so much empathy her way in what she experienced in her life and how there is hope for those of us struggling living with someone who has bi polar disorder.
It was one of many touching quotes but it went something like this (remembering from audio) "Men are defined by the secrets they keep" Favorite scenes were many, her falling in love with David, her heartache losing him and not knowing what to do to help him and trying to protect her sweet daughter Sophie. Her descriptions of everything in the book shows of her writing talent. I could see all of her images vividly.
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I loved the research she did and the information that she added. I found myself writing these books down to do more research. I felt such a connection to this story from my own personal experience and yet even though I cried in many moments of this book, Life goes on, cherish the past--Look to the living., love them and hold on!
I would like to also add that our society can change if we bring suicide out and take the shame from it. Take QPR and active look for the signs in friends and family
Love to you Sheila
Melanie Painter Haering
- Melanie Kay Haering
Raw Real Heart felt and Informative