Nothing Like Normal: Surviving a Sibling's Schizophrenia

Nothing Like Normal: Surviving a Sibling's Schizophrenia

by Martha Graham-Waldon

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Nothing Like Normal: Surviving a Sibling's Schizophrenia by Martha Graham-Waldon

What if you woke up one day, living with a family member who had changed into an entirely different person? What if she were an older sibling you had always admired and strived to be like? And what if you were an insecure preteen when it all started? What would that do to your life?

In Nothing Like Normal, after an idyllic childhood, the strains of adolescence send one sister spiraling down into a mental breakdown, leaving her younger sibling and family to cope with the aftermath. The author must face her fears, while navigating the ups and downs of her own volatile teen years, and find her truth or be pulled in the same direction as her former mentor. Her struggle to survive and move forward on a journey of self-discovery will resonate with anyone who has known the heartbreak of mental illness in their family, while inspiring hope and healing as well.

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BN ID: 2940156683604
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 11/13/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Martha Graham-Waldon is a writer, spiritual entrepreneur, and armchair activist who happily resides in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California with her family and a menagerie of pets. Her articles have been published locally in The Santa Cruz Sentinel, The Metro, the Press Banner and internationally in the Canadian Dance Connection and several online journals. She is a winner of the Women’s Memoirs contest for a vignette that will appear in the forthcoming ebook Tales of Our Lives. A member of the National Association of Memoir Writers, she also loves travel, the outdoors, Jazzercise, and music.

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SherreyM More than 1 year ago
A Traumatic Story Told with Compassion and Honesty In her memoir, Nothing Like Normal: Surviving a Sibling’s Schizophrenia, Martha Graham-Waldon shares the story of her family dealing with an insidious mental health issue. The author was a younger sister who had shared her world with her sister, and then watches her sister’s long battle with schizophrenia. Life changes for both in drastic and intense ways. Graham-Waldon allows her reader to share in the most intimate of scenes the deterioration of the relationship with her sister and the impact not only on the family, but the greatest struggles clear in the author’s life. With eloquence and artistry, the author takes us on a journey most of us have not experienced. Or perhaps in our family, the journey has been held secret. In either way, we come away from reading Nothing Like Normal with a birds’ eye view of what a life lived in the midst of the downward spiraling of a victim of schizophrenic experiences, all the while impacting the relationships once held dear. As a reader and writer of memoir, I appreciated Graham-Waldon’s honesty in her writing of Nothing Like Normal. Writing the truth in a story with such traumatic experiences is not easy. The author accomplishes this well. I highly recommend this book to those confronting the experience of living with or caring for a family member with mental health issues, specifically schizophrenia. The author’s insights in living with and growing up faced with the dramatic and hurtful changes in her familial relationships are revealing and first-hand. Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book.