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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and very moving book, 4 Aug 2001
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This review is from: His Bright Light (Paperback)
As I am a Danielle Steel fan I picked up this book and at first did not realise it was the life of her son Nick Trainer.This book touched my soul like no other book ever would. My husband was a manic depressive and in 1996 he was diaganosed with the illness. I had always beleived my husband was just a lively and unpredictable man with severe mood swings which caused my life to be very disturbing, but even so I loved my husband very much and rode along with him with whatever he brought into our life.I can relate with Danielle Steels life living with her son and this book many times brought tears to my eyes. Sadly my husband refused to believe he was ill and by not taking his medication became a different person. In 1996 after 17 years of marriage I left him and blamed myself.As Danielle Steel felt helpless so did I.When you live with a depressed person and they are quiet you can cope,but when they are manic and not aware of their actions you are incapable of helping them and at times living with them. The book described a manic depressive very accurately and I could relate to this completely. Sadly my husband took his life in 1998 he was only 40. When I started to read this book and look back on my years since I was 15 with my husband I realised that he had probably always been a manic depressive like Nick Trainer, but everyone just thought what a wacky person and a great laugh he was.Many times since I have thought"If Only" but I know now this illness was out of my power to control it. I have heard since that Manic Depressives are now monitered with their medication and called back for blood test to monitor their medication and it can be proven if they are not taking it, this in itself will hopefully save lives from being taken before their time. Danielle Steels book make me understand this illness better, I just wish that the mental health team had given me the insight and help to deal with it. Many things in her book made me think of my husband and say "thats him"The saddest thing is Manic Depressives deep down know that they are ill but will not acknowledge it and that is where it all falls apart. I could write a book on my life but I feel by reading Nick!s life that it has already been done for me. Danielle Steel must have found this book hard to write but for anybody who has experienced this illness it would help them understand that " they know not what they do"
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Initial post: 22 Jul 2013 09:16:01 BDT
N A Whitty says:
I am Bipolar - I'm 25 and it is hell. I am so sorry for your loss, forget the what if's. If we are in the grasps of an episode we are lost to any help but medical, and sadly unless we can state that we need the help, we don't get it. During an episode, the disorder can mask itself to us and make us believe that we are okay, when, in fact, everyone around us can see us hurtling toward disaster. Nothing your husband did was your fault and you couldn't have stopped him from taking his life, we always find a way around it if we are determined, unfortunately. We do acknowledge that we are ill, but when an episode occurs we just have no control over our own minds. I hope you find/found peace in the knowledge that your support for all those years, even though you broke up, probably helped him more than you think. Thank you for understanding us and knowing that we never intend to hurt anybody. Love, light and peace to you. <3 Naomi x
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