Lazarus Heart: Coming Back to Life from PTSD

Lazarus Heart: Coming Back to Life from PTSD

by Mary O'Sullivan


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Mary, a caseworker at an agency for intellectually challenged people, meets her new client Chris, whose family wants to put him in a group home. As she gets to know him, Mary begins to question Chris’s diagnosis. Even as his life circumstances appear to improve, with a job and a new home, Chris seems to get worse. After a series of disasters, including a suicide attempt, leave him homeless, Mary takes Chris to stay with her family temporarily. That’s when the memories come pouring out.

This true story provides a unique view of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), both from the perspective of a sexual abuse victim recovering the memories of his experiences and from the day-to-day observations of the person helping him through it. This grim topic is addressed with love, courage, and even humour, and Chris’s journey to recovery offers insights into the effects of PTSD and the strategies for dealing with its symptoms. Lazarus Heart is a finalist for the 2020 Whistler Independent Books Awards.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771803755
Publisher: Iguana Books
Publication date: 02/24/2020
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Mary has a Master's degree from the University of Toronto in Applied Psychology. She has worked in school boards as a psychometrist and spent thirteen years as a case worker for families supporting intellectually challenged members. For the past nineteen years, Mary has been supporting "Chris," learning about PTSD, and drafting the memoirs of this journey. The families Mary has worked with are her heroes and role models, and without their examples the events in "Lazarus Heart" would not have happened.

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