Loved Through Madness

Centuries of such seeming steadiness in the genes could only very partially prepare my mother for all of the turmoil and difficulties that were to face her once she left her parents’ home to begin a family of her own. But it has been precisely that persevering steadiness of my mother, her belief in seeing things through, and her great ability to love and learn, listen and change, that helped keep me alive through all of the years of pain and nightmares that were to come. She could not have known how difficult it would be to deal with madness; had no preparation for what to do with madness – none of us did – but consistent with her ability to love, and her native will, she handled it with empathy and intelligence. It never occurred to her to give up.

  • Pg. 19, An Unquiet Mind, ISBN – 978-0-679-76330-7, Kay Redfield Jamison
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