Overview

What would you do if your child suffered with something so severe it affected every aspect of his life?

Susie Dunham, Midwestern mom and former nurse, never suspected her son Michael
was anything but a typical college student with big dreams until he developed schizophrenia shortly after his 21st birthday. The Dunham family quickly becomes immersed in the nightmare world of mental illness in America: ...
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Beyond Schizophrenia: Michael's Journey

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Overview

What would you do if your child suffered with something so severe it affected every aspect of his life?

Susie Dunham, Midwestern mom and former nurse, never suspected her son Michael
was anything but a typical college student with big dreams until he developed schizophrenia shortly after his 21st birthday. The Dunham family quickly becomes immersed in the nightmare world of mental illness in America: psychiatric wards, a seemingly indifferent nursing staff, and the trial-and-error world of psychotropic meds. Michael’s ultimate recovery and remission comes with plenty of traumatic incidents involving both ignorance and stigma, but his courage and quest for dignity will inspire all readers.
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Editorial Reviews

Patrick Tracey
"Susie Dunham’s heroic, heart-rending story is a beacon of light in the darkness of insanity. It shows that recovery is hard-won but possible for people who develop schizophrenia, despite a media that sensationalizes them, a society that shuns them, and a dysfunctional mental healthcare system that fails them miserably."
Sharon Goldberg
"The fact that Michael bravely fought this disease, picked up the pieces and moved beyond it, should give others hope that one day schizophrenia will be seen as a treatable disease with no stigma attached.
John Adams
"Every person in a leadership position needs to take the time to read this moving story of triumph over adversity."
Bill MacPhee
"Beyond Schizophrenia: Michael’s Journey is a book that I couldn’t put down. The
story of Michael’s parents Susie and Mark who support their son both in good times and bad really touched me. I really like the way the symptoms of schizophrenia are explained clearly."
Adams - John Adams
"Every person in a leadership position needs to take the time to read this moving story of triumph over adversity."
Tracey - Patrick Tracey
"Susie Dunham’s heroic, heart-rending story is a beacon of light in the darkness of insanity. It shows that recovery is hard-won but possible for people who develop schizophrenia, despite a media that sensationalizes them, a society that shuns them, and a dysfunctional mental healthcare system that fails them miserably."
MacPhee - Bill MacPhee
"Beyond Schizophrenia: Michael’s Journey is a book that I couldn’t put down. The
story of Michael’s parents Susie and Mark who support their son both in good times and bad really touched me. I really like the way the symptoms of schizophrenia are explained clearly."
Goldberg - Sharon Goldberg
"The fact that Michael bravely fought this disease, picked up the pieces and moved beyond it, should give others hope that one day schizophrenia will be seen as a treatable disease with no stigma attached.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011973789
  • Publisher: Modern History Press
  • Publication date: 7/23/2010
  • Series: Reflections of America , #7
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 352,778
  • File size: 675 KB

Meet the Author

Where did you grow up?

Born in Cleveland, the “later in life,” unexpected seventh child of eight, I spent my pre-school years living above my father’s furniture store. “Joe Ralph Furniture” was a profitable but mostly a family operation, with my mother the bookkeeper and my older siblings doing the manual labor. Each summer, my mother loaded up her tribe of children to spend three glorious months in a cement block cottage on the shores of Lake Erie.

There my older siblings had jobs working for our grandmother at “Saylor’s Place”, a restaurant that specialized in smoked ribs, hosting a casual atmosphere along with white-tablecloth dining. My grandmother also owned a small marina and motel which required a teenage work force, easily fulfilled by my six older siblings. Eventually we left the big city and moved to Port Clinton, Ohio, a small community located on Lake Erie, where my father became as a manufacturer’s sales rep in the furniture. industry. I grew up in a “turn of the century” house that was spacious enough to house our large family, where faith, family unity, and a strong work ethic were the absolute rules.

Why are you uniquely qualified to write this book

In 1976, I graduated from Sandusky School of Practical Nursing and enjoyed a variety of experiences performing my own “art” in nursing. Three years in a hospital environment, five years in a nursing home setting and two in private duty nursing provided a wealth of information about the human spirit. I learned that patients are people, not diagnoses! During my brief tenure in nursing, I heard many times that the “fractured femur” in Room 108 wasn’t comfortable on his current pain medication.

Sometimes, the “congestive heart” in Room 110 needed increased diuretic because their urinary output wasn’t sufficient to match their intake of fluids. Or, it was the “old schizophrenic” in Room 102 whose blood pressure was up. In report,
none of them had names  just health problems that needed to be resolved. For many years, I cared for “people” who had a primary diagnosis of schizophrenia and suffered other health problems. Somehow, in my youth, I understood the sadness of
their brain disorder. Just at the moment of final maturity, their lives had been stolen. They were left behind, not a
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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Very informative

    I am 35 years old with a father who was diagnosed with this disease when I was 4 years old. I grew up feeling angry at this disease because I felt like I missed out on having my dad as a dad. I was angry that he wouldn't try new medications but after reading this book I now understand why. It was difficult for me to read several parts of this book due to the fact that what happened to Micheal was so similar to what I saw my dad go through. This book gave me a much better understanding of this disease and of my father. I am very thankful it was written and that such a personal struggle was shared.

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