Love's All That Makes Sense: A Mother Daughter Memoirby Sakeenah Francis, Anika Francis
Sakeenah Francis describes her life as a Cinderella story in reverse. She grew up in a well-respected, middle-class African American family. She went to college, was homecoming queen, married, began a career and had children. Then, schizophrenia struck and she lost everything. She went from homecoming queen to being homeless and institutionalized. Sakeenah Francis tells her daughter about her darkest moments of living with schizophrenia in a series of letters that chronicle the first time she heard voices in her head, her hospitalizations, her struggle to parent, and her arduous path to long-term recovery.
Both shaken and moved by her mother's revealing letters, Anika faces the haunting effects her mother's mental illness had on her. After years of keeping the secret about her mother's illness, Anika breaks her silence voicing what it was like to grow up with a mother with a severe mental illness.She describes the emotional roller coaster created by her mother's bouts of recovery and how this impacted her well into adulthood.
Though Sakeenah lost many bouts in her early struggles with schizophrenia, she kept striving. Through it all, there was love which at times was the only thing that made sense to Sakeenah and Anika. Love gave them the strength and resilience to heal and piece together that which schizophrenia had torn apart in our lives. This sobering story carries a message of hope that will be inspiring to people affected by a severe mental illness and the web of people connected to them.
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Author: Anika and Sakeenah Francis Published by: Bridgeross Communications Age Recommended: YA - Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review: "Love's All That Makes Sense A Mothers Daughter Memoir" by Anika and Sakeenah Francis was a very interesting read for me. I was just able to get through this memoir without crying. It is a very emotional subject: living with 'Schizophrenia.' Sakeenath was once a beautiful person...coming from a middle class 'Aftrican American Family'..."went to college, was homecoming queen, married, began her career and had children." Truly this was a 'Cinderella Story' but wait...things changed when this illness came on Sekennah and then she is found 'homeless and institutionalized.' There was one thing going for her and that was her daughter..Anika love who faced the bad effects this disease had on her mother and for a long time was silent about the issue...but finally Anika breaks out letting it all out what it was like growing up with someone with someone who had 'severe mental illness.' We will find Anika quite shaken up by her mother's letters remember her mother's many bouts that she went through well into her adulthood. It has been quite a bumpy road for Sakeenah, but she was striving somewhat each day. Through much love and hope between this mother and daughter they were given "the strength and resilience to heal and piece together what had been torn apart in their lives." Indeed, this was a very inspiring story for any one affected by this terrible mental illness and even the ones affected by them. Sad, yes but a story that needed to be told for this Mother and Daughter in the end ... "Love's All That Makes Sense."