Rachelle Hasnas To Fly Again

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To Fly Again

 
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A story not easily forgotten, author Rachelle Hasnas, LCSW, has written a stirring memoir recounting the tragic life and subsequent death of her son Joshua precipitated by his mental illness. To Fly Again- Portrait of a BIPOLAR Life is a gripping narrative that courageously dives into the abyss of bipolar disorder. The inclusion of Joshua's poetry provides deeper insight for the reader into the profound anguish he experienced with this oftentimes crippling disease. This book shares the author's tumultuous journey with her son through many years of pain and struggle for both, and finally, her process of dealing with his death. Both her voice of a mother and her voice of a therapist are interwoven in the telling of her son's story. Moreover, To Fly Again goes beyond the Life story of Joshua to provide educational material on bipolar disorder by featuring the addition of a final section presenting vital information on this mental illness-to offer hope, help, and healing for others diagnosed with bipolar disorder. An invaluable resource for understanding bipolar disorder for patients and their loved ones, for therapists, and for persons coping with grief and loss.

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To Fly Again-Portrait of a BIPOLAR Life is a vital read for anyone touched by bipolar disorder. Rachelle Hasnas, LCSW, has written a compelling and brave account of this illness' effects on both her, her family and her son, Joshua. His story of overwhelming struggle is portrayed through his beautiful and haunting prose. As someone who lives with bipolar disorder and works with others and their loved ones, I can identify with all the aspects of the story: the many failures of the mental health system, the difficulty of getting the correct diagnosis, the desperation that this illness causes for those that have it and everyone who loves them. Joshua's eloquent writing will ring true for anyone who has experienced the intense depression, agitation, loss of self-control, and hopelessness that untreated mood disorders cause. Hasnas' frustration and pain at witnessing decades of suffering, yet being powerless to make it end, will speak to any person who cares for someone with a mental illness. The grief, and how she worked through it, after his loss will bring solace to those who have lost a loved one--from any cause. Her great joy at knowing that Joshua will forever live in her heart and memory is absolutely inspiring. She weaves the symbol(and literal appearance) of seagulls, both before and after her son's passing, beautifully throughout the book. She offers inspiring spirituality to every reader. It's something that helped her through the grieving process and will, no doubt, continue to inform the rest of her life.
       Most importantly, this book is full of hope and love. Rachelle Hasnas not only educates through her son's story but she also provides vital information about bipolar disorder from the National Institute of Mental Health. I recommend this book to everyone living with any mental Illness, to those who love them, to the mental health community as a whole, and to all who want to better understand an illness that affects so many beautiful souls.
--MartaEdmisten
Marta Edmisten lives in Brooklyn, NY. She uses her 25 yearbattle-to-collaboration with bipolar disorder as a peer counselor, anInternational Bipolar Foundation volunteer, a mental health advocate, publicspeaker and dedicated stigma buster. She blogs on Tumblr and tweets as BipolarFabulous and Bigger than bipolar.


In To Fly Again- Portrait of a BIPOLAR Life, Rachelle Hasnas takes herreader on a tumultuous jumble of a life which at times seems sadlypredetermined in a story that will haunt you long after reading. This mother'spain? Unfathomable. Her factual, yet compassionate, telling of Joshua'sstruggles, failed social and support systems, is now becoming too familiar of astory to parents in similar situations. What resources are available to youwhen you are the parent of a mentally ill, addicted adult child? You learn tobecome an advocate in a system unprepared for treatment or that just doesn'tcare. Promises are made at the same time files are lost in a never endingsystem of incompetency. This heartfelt story is beautifully woven with her son Joshua'sstaggeringly raw poetry which is a direct window to his soul. I have bipolardisorder and I recognized the intense haunting of his poetic, yet very dark,words. Someone once described depression "is like drowning, except that you cansee everyone around you breathing". Every word he wrote made sense to me and Irecognized how dark was his despair. I believe Ms. Hasnas understood this aswell. Her connection to Joshua, no matter how high or low he became, was indeedunique in the primal sense that only mothers and sons experience. What couldhave been a cautionary tale of the dark side of bipolar disorder is instead anuplifting spiritual promise that life does indeed go on in some unexpected ways.
--DoriOwen
Dorihas been using her tumultuous journey with bipolar disorder to become a zealousactivist for mental health awareness issues. She writes her stories so otherswith mental illness can understand they are not alone. She has a TumbirBlogspot, is an activist on Twitter, author on Ask A Bipolar, created theFacebook Diary of An Arizona Girl, and frequent guest blogger advocating mentalhealth awareness. 

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