All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness

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[*Read by the author - Sheila Hamilton]

This intense, riveting memoir will resonate with all those who have loved someone suffering from mental illness.

Even as a reporter, Sheila Hamilton missed the signs as her husband David's mental illness unfolded before her. By the time she had pieced together the puzzle, it was too late. Her once brilliant, intense, and hilarious partner was dead within six weeks of a formal diagnosis of bipolar disorder, leaving his nine-year-old daughter and wife without so much as a note to explain his actions, a plan to help them recover from their profound grief, or a solution for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt that they would inherit from him.

All the Things We Never Knew takes listeners from David and Sheila's romance through the last three months of their life together and into the year after his death. It details their unsettling descent from ordinary life into the world of mental illness and examines the fragile line between reality and madness. Now, a decade after David's death, Sheila and her daughter, Sophie, have learned the power of choosing life over retreat, let themselves love and trust again, and understand the importance of forgiveness. Their story will resonate with all those who have loved someone suffering from bipolar disease and mental illness.

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Tony Morrison said, "If there is a book you want to read, but it hasn't been written, you must write it." When my husband of ten years began showing distinct signs of agitation, depression, paranoia and confusion, I went to Powell's bookstore in Portland, Oregon to find a book written for caregivers of people with mental illness. I found nothing. Many books are written from the perspective of people suffering from mental health disorders. Very few are written for caregivers. I wrote the book I wanted to read.All the Things We Never Knew is part memoir, part mental health guide. Read the narrative first and skip the chapters for later reference. If you're in crisis, read the inserts first. The reported pieces contain crucial information for anyone attempting to navigate the mental health system.Cheryl Strayed, Laura Munson, Karen Karbo and many other writers whom I admire have heartily endorsed the book. I learned so much from reading their honest and beautiful memoirs. I hope All the Things We Never Knew opens your heart and arms you with the information and tools you need to take care of your own mental health. 

About the Author:

Sheila Hamilton is a five-time Emmy Award-winning journalist. Her storytelling resume runs through film, commercial television, radio, and print. She began her career as an associate producer for public broadcasting and then anchored and reported commercial television news for KTVX in Salt Lake City and KATU in Portland, Oregon. Sheila currently hosts the KINK morning show in Portland, where she was recently voted Oregon's Best Radio Personality. She also writes cover stories for About Face magazine and authors her own blog. Hamilton is a frequent speaker and emcee for her favorite causes -- mindful mental health and empowerment for girls. She serves on the board of Girls Inc., an organization empowering girls to be strong, smart, and bold, and the Flawless Foundation, a mental health advocacy organization.

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