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Overcoming Mental Illness

October 22, 2012

The greatest day of my life was the day I gave birth to my son.  The worst day was watching him take his last breath thirteen years later — holding him close to my heart– while only my heart continued to beat.  My definition of insanity is society’s expectation that a mother can go on living normally after her child has died.  The outcome of that insane expectation led me down the road into mental illness.  I remained there for six long years convincing myself that I was not allowed to go on with my life after being unable to save my son from the beast called cancer.  Thinking I deserved to be punished, I entered into the rare and secretive madness of something known as Munchausen syndrome.  My life revolved around making myself sick, hiding it from everyone, fooling doctors and living in hospitals.  It was easier than one would think since no one ever suspected that I was actually causing all of my own illnesses.  It took six years of becoming so sick, being hospitalized hundreds of times, undergoing two unnecessary surgeries and facing a near death experience in ICU before I finally accepted my son’s death.  It also took a strong therapeutic alliance with a kind and dedicated psychologist to save me from my own demise. After recovering, I returned to school for a master’s degree in social work to help others manage similar hardships, but more importantly, to spread the message that mental illness is treatable, curable and part of being human.  My dream is to take away all stigma surrounding mental illness, change legislation, and educate clinicians and lay people on how to help those who suffer from this silent and unknown killer called Munchausen syndrome.

If you want to read or learn about Munchausen syndrome visit http://Secretsunraveled.com

Living and Dying with Munchausen Syndrome.

Living with the secretive mental illness of Munchausen syndrome does not have to be a death sentence. With the right kind of help and therpy anyone can overcome it and live a normal life. I know this because I am a survivor. The first step to learning how to stop hurting yourself is to tell someone, anyone. Once the secret is out will be the first day of your recovery. Find a therapist who is kind, non-judgemental and understanding and get the neccessary help. It took me 6 years but I not only ovecame this awful illness, dealth with the childhood abuse that led me down the road of developing Munchausen syndrome, but co-authored my story hoping to inspire others.

Overcoming Mental Illness

October 22, 2012

The greatest day of my life was the day I gave birth to my son. The worst day was watching him take his last breath thirteen years later — holding him close to my heart– while only my heart continued to beat. My definition of insanity is society’s expectation that a mother can go on living normally after her child has died. The outcome of that insane expectation led me down the road into mental illness. I remained there for six long years convincing myself that I was not allowed to go on with my life after being unable to save my son from the beast called cancer. Thinking I deserved to be punished, I entered into the rare and secretive madness of something known as Munchausen syndrome. My life revolved around making myself sick, hiding it from everyone, fooling doctors and living in hospitals. It was easier than one would think since no one ever suspected that I was actually causing all of my own illnesses. It took six years of becoming so sick, being hospitalized hundreds of times, undergoing two unnecessary surgeries and facing a near death experience in ICU before I finally accepted my son’s death. It also took a strong therapeutic alliance with a kind and dedicated psychologist to save me from my own demise. After recovering, I returned to school for a master’s degree in social work to help others manage similar hardships, but more importantly, to spread the message that mental illness is treatable, curable and part of being human. My dream is to take away all stigma surrounding mental illness, change legislation, and educate clinicians and lay people on how to help those who suffer from this silent and unknown killer called Munchausen syndrome.
If you want to read or learn about Munchausen syndrome visit http://Secretsunraveled.com

The book is now…

May 24, 2012

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How it Began

May 18, 2012

I met Tom in the spring of 2002 after re-locating to New York. We began therapy to work on my grief over the death of my son two years prior. The connection was there from the start. He seemed moved by my story and I felt heard and cared for. The more I talked about my abusive childhood the more the relationship deepened. I knew early on that this wasn’t a typical therapy relationship. He responded to my pain by making himself available on the phone and through email. While the therapy was progressing my life was spinning out of control. I was spending my time in emergency rooms and hospitals and Tom had no idea that I was causing all of my illnesses and misery. I kept everyone in the dark, including my friends, family and doctors. That’s what Munchausen patients do. Finally, after almost three years of therapy I knew I had to tell Tom the truth or I was going to die. In hindsight, breaking the silence was the beginning of my recovery from this terrible illness. I worked hard in therapy and with Tom’s ongoing support I was able to overcome my disorder. After years of emailing back and forth, we decided to turn our emails into a book and tell our story.  The name of our book, which is about to be released, is “Secrets Unraveled: Overcoming Munchausen Syndrome.” Our hope in ending therapy and writing the book together was that others might be inspired by our story to break their own silence. While the story is about Munchausen Syndrome it is also about childhood abuse and how one person can the change the course of another’s life.