Sandy's Gift: Walking with the Light

Sandy's Gift: Walking with the Light

by William Dunn




1996 the U.S. House of Representatives and President Bill Clinton passed a law today known as "HIPAA". Sandy's Gift is an intimate and shocking true story that tells of the plight in which this places American families with members afflicted by mental illness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943290123
Publisher: Cedar Forge Press
Publication date: 03/28/2016
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Dragon Slayers 1

Part 1 Building a Life Together

You Shall Meet a Stranger

Across a Crowded Room 5

The Dating Game 9

A Time for Mourning 15

The Jersey Shore 19

The New Year 23

Our First Home 29

Bo of the Beverkill 39

Working, Playing and Moving Along 45

Moments in Time 53

A Change of Plans and Stroke of Luck 57

Down on the Farm 2002-2003 65

A Year of Rest 2004 75

Missing Clues 2005 85

The Calm before the Storm 2006 95

Part 2 One Hundred and Sixty Days

Signs 107

August 2006 113

Seventeen Days of Hospital Care 125

September 2006 145

No Means No Mommy, October 2006 157

The Whisper 161

The Gales of November 169

The Last Day in November 187

Part 3 Hocus Pocus

Merry Christmas 195

Happy New Year 2007, Right? 203

Happy Birthday 213

2008, The Second Message 221

The Blue Dress 225

Time Passages, 2008 231

More Messages 237

A Final Message from Beyond 245

Epilogue: My Final Words 251


The Sins of ZIP Code 07976 265

Public Servants? 271

A Court Hearing 279

DYFUS, a State Agency 285

Mental Health in America 297

Acknowledgments 305

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OlioByMarilyn More than 1 year ago
As an interviewer and writer, my focus is on hearing and giving wings to the stories of others. Sometimes, like with Sandy's Gift, I have the opportunity to read a book that offers me this same experience. I was delighted to be selected to review Sandy's Gift as it opened my eyes to a struggle I have not personally faced and gave me some insight into what those I know going through this struggle might be dealing with. The author has not just focused on one difficult time in his journey. Dunn offers up his life's memoir so we can understand what his early life was like, how he met his wife, what drew him to her and the many wonderful times they experienced both before and after they welcomed two beautiful daughters into their lives. Once the reader understands the beauty of their life together, the contrast that occurs as his wife begins to struggle with mental illness becomes so very clear. The family lived at first in denial that anything serious was wrong. Then when a crisis moment changed that opinion, they had to deal with the inability of the mental health system. There were those who clearly understood she needed residential treatment and did their best to make it happen, but in the end a court ruling went against their medical advice and she was sent home. The social agency that was supposed to be making home visits and assure she was following court mandated guidelines for her release mostly dropped out of the picture. My heart goes out to Dunn and his two girls who had to walk this terrible path watching the woman they love disappear, unable to find help or guidance. Those who should have assisted them were unable or unwilling. This had to be a hard book to write as it meant revisiting both the good moments lost and the difficulties faced. For anyone dealing with mental illness - either family or friend - this is a story you will be able to relate to. You are not alone. For others, this is a window into how those around you need to be supported.