The Wirlwind and The Storm

The Wirlwind and The Storm

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by Amy Smith
     
 

I went to Mom's today to give her a Mother's Day card. She asked me if I was really me or did I occasionally send an imposter in my place? She was totally serious. I promised her that I was always me.

Amy Smith's journal chronicles the journey of a young woman dealing with a schizophrenic mother and an alcoholic aunt, caring for three aging grandparents,…  See more details below

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I went to Mom's today to give her a Mother's Day card. She asked me if I was really me or did I occasionally send an imposter in my place? She was totally serious. I promised her that I was always me.

Amy Smith's journal chronicles the journey of a young woman dealing with a schizophrenic mother and an alcoholic aunt, caring for three aging grandparents, and subduing her own wild streak.

I handed the phone over to Pap. The pain and shame I saw on my grandparents' faces broke my heart. Dee wanted Pap to post bail.

Amy's writings chronicle her struggles for a normal life in the face of rushed trips to hospitals, vigils in waiting rooms, and bracing herself for death. Navigating the rocky terrain of addiction, mental illness, and loss, she learns about faith, love, family dynamics, and what it means to be truly blessed.

"Amy!" Mom declared, "I'm afraid you're flicking ink into my coffee and I'll drop over dead." As I was thinking to myself that Mom's paranoia may never completely go away, she asked me, "Where's my Kleenex? My nose is running to Cleveland."

As bleak as things sometimes seemed, however, Amy learns that there is always something to laugh about!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013254411
Publisher:
Word Association Publishers
Publication date:
11/02/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
574
File size:
355 KB

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The Wirlwind and The Storm 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a thoughtful and thought provoking work. The author writes with such heart of the joys of family and faith and of the personal internal conflicts experienced when dealing with loved ones with mental health and/or addiction issues. A theraputic read, to say the least. Amy, please give us more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is such help so far because it is as if I wrote it myself about my own family. The things I try to hide are the things she openly mentions. Amy has made me want to write an share my story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author Amy Smith discloses many moments spent with her family that many of us can relate too. This book was an eye opener for me in the sense that "things aren't always what they seem". I enjoyed the occassional sense of humor she was able to present even during some of her weakess moments. I'd often catch myself laughing out loud! The PURE LOVE Amy showed her not only her Grandparents, Mother & Aunt but entire family & friends is AMAZING. God Bless Her! She seems like the type of person that notices the "little guy" such as the waitress or hostess at your local favorite eating place or the clerk that cashing something out for you. Its great knowing there are STILL THOSE PEOPLE in this world of ours today! Her commitment not only to GOD but to those less forunate in our world is wonderful. Way to Go Amy! I'll be waiting for her second book "for sure"!