The Second: A Memoir of Love and Commitment

The Second: A Memoir of Love and Commitment

by Colleen Burns Durda


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Discover the page-turning, first-person story of a woman gripped by the onset of bipolar disorder, the threats to her marriage and how she eventually tames the beast of mental illness.

I knew I needed a break. I didn't realize I'd had one.

An unanticipated pregnancy for a suburban Minneapolis mother of three rocks her world in 1987. Determined to gain control of her life, she seeks care from a friendly OB-GYN. Boundaries blur after the child arrives and she finds herself distracted by the imagined relationship with the gynecologist. Her marriage and mental health on the brink of collapse, she takes a leap of faith one hot summer night and becomes convinced she's the Second Coming. Her revelations land her in a psychiatric ward.

With hard-earned wisdom and insight, she recalls the intervening years dealing with bipolar disorder, the trial and error of various psychiatrists and the methods she discovers to help alleviate the disorder on her own. She raises her children and the dynamics of her marriage continue to evolve after she uncovers a devastating personal secret.

Can the marriage survive? Will the doctor continue to play a role in her life? Alternately funny and moving, The Second: A Memoir of Love and Commitment depicts how mental illness sometimes affects lives right next door.

An inspiring, hopeful book about a regular mom facing extraordinary circumstances whose mission is to end the stigma surrounding healthcare for mental illness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781736678008
Publisher: CBD Enterprises
Publication date: 06/22/2021
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 671,388
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Colleen Burns Durda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications/public relations from Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She spent seven years as a volunteer peer facilitator for The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). Through her blog,, she is an advocate for promoting a healthy attitude toward mental illness. She lives in suburban Minneapolis with her husband. This is her debut work.

Table of Contents

Chapter One The Break

Chapter Two Seeds of Schism

Chapter Three The Reluctant Bride

Chapter Four Homemaker in Training

Chapter Five Classic Vinyl

Chapter Six Enter the Doctor

Chapter Seven Special Delivery

Chapter Eight Make a Move

Chapter Nine Cutting Edge

Chapter Ten Close Encounters

Chapter Eleven The Annual

Chapter Twelve The Meltdown

Chapter Thirteen A Chat with God

Chapter Fourteen The Admit, Part 1

Chapter Fifteen The Admit, Part 2

Chapter Sixteen The Obedient Patient

Chapter Seventeen Trying to Cope

Chapter Eighteen Spirited Away

Chapter Nineteen A Few Good Years

Chapter Twenty Bonjour et Au Revoir

Chapter Twenty-One A New Start

Chapter Twenty-Two Gradual Decline

Chapter Twenty-Three Testing the Net

Chapter Twenty-Four The Unraveling

Chapter Twenty-Five The Last Time

Chapter Twenty-Six Recovery

Chapter Twenty-Seven New Rules

Chapter Twenty-Eight Becoming a Grown-Up

Chapter Twenty-Nine The Happy Times

Chapter Thirty God

Chapter Thirty-One The Concept of Five

Chapter Thirty-Two Re-Newlyweds



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