Patchwork Reality: Happily Married to a Schizophrenic

Patchwork Reality: Happily Married to a Schizophrenic

by Pauline Hansen

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ISBN-13: 9781462107650
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 02/11/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

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Patchwork Reality: Happily Married to a Schizophrenic 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
This book made me realize that love really does conquer all. Marriage and love are not easy. This is a great book for people that have a schizophrenic in their life. There are bad times, really sad times, and of course happy times. The addition of the game was a look inside Curtis's head. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the way this story was told. Sometimes, a true story can be heavy, but this was told in a way that had me checking myself--is this real or is this fiction? It was very easy to read and immerse myself into. The author did a great job in showing how gradual this illness is and how it could be hard to really know that there's something going on that's not typical. I love how she showed the love that she has for her husband, and he for her. I think it would be easy to make the one with the illness seem crazy or like a bad person, but she made it very clear that he's a very good man and did a great job in showing his good qualities. He's a wonderful man with a debilitating illness and he's defined by the kind of person he is. I just read an article that says that my state has the highest rate of mental illness in the US--22.4% of the adult population. This story gives such hope to those who's lives are affected by mental illness. What an amazing journey and experience and I'm so glad that Pauline Hansen decided to share it with the world. **I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced me--my opinions are all my own.**
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
WOW! this book is intriguing and captivating and intriguing and wonderful and intriguing! A TRUE story! Compelling! Riveting! SO WELL TOLD! Pauline grew up dreaming of the day she would be 'happily married.' But after her husband's dream~ her dream began to spiral downward. Curtis dreamed that he was a person of importance and that he was called on to play 'The Game' that would lead them to great wealth. He must live by certain rules, only talk to certain people, and play by certain numbers and colors. Their family is greatly affected by 'the game.' Not knowing what else to do Pauline tries to have faith in Curtis. She lives 10 years in this dark reality that has become hers. This is her story and how she lived before she found out her husband has paranoid schizophrenia. Though her life has been like a "PATCHWORK REALITY" she is now "happily married to a schizophrenic." I LOVE how Pauline talks about her husband in the book... YES! there were incredibly HARD times...times she didn't understand... But in the acknowledgments she states: To my favorite person in the world--I cherish and adore you, sweetheart! I sure am glad you went to that dance." This is a story worth reading! A story of learning, loving, forgiving, and moving forward no matter what!
Read-by-Glowlight More than 1 year ago
Pauline Hansen’s memoir is the riveting account of her husband’s downward spiral into schizophrenia. The story starts in chapter two, and from that point on, it is nigh impossible to stop turning the pages. I made the mistake of setting the book down on the kitchen counter before I’d finished reading it. My husband picked it up, began reading, and didn’t want to let go. Thus began our tug-of-war. As pleased as I was that he wanted to read, I had to insist that he let me finish first. The story is that good. Once you get past the Prologue and first chapter (which could have been combined), the writing turns from report-style writing into showing-style and a fast pace that takes the reader on Pauline Hansen’s harrowing journey. One of the reasons I enjoyed the story so much is that I had not read any reviews first, so everything came as a surprise. When I got to the line in the book that said Pauline had lived with her husband’s odd and disruptive behavior for nine years before seeking medical help, my eyes popped. Nine years! That poor woman! How could she have endured it for so long? How could she have kept her silence? How could she have let him disrupt their home and family life without taking steps earlier? This story dispels a common misconception about schizophrenia: it is not “multiple personalities.” Rather, it is when dreams or other fantasies intrude into a person’s real life such that the person cannot tell the difference. So for example, when Curtis dreams that their marriage is being watched by players in a sinister game, he thinks that is reality. When he “receives information” that he and Pauline will come into millions of dollars after winning The Game, for him that is as real as the weather. I highly recommend this memoir, because it brings better understanding into what schizophrenia is and how it can affect a marriage and family. I extend my highest compliments to Pauline for finally grabbing a lifeline and seeking help for her husband, and for her commitment to keeping their marriage together. This story has a happy ending, and I love how the writer shows that couples can survive mental illness. I would have liked to see a page of resources for readers who might need more information about paranoid schizophrenia.