Happy Mother’s Day!
Hope you have a good weekend everybody!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Hope you have a good weekend everybody!
I’m researching 2020 presidential contact information. My intent is to write/email the candidates to ask, “What is your national plan or policy regarding the care and treatment of individuals who live with serious mental illnesses (SMI) such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, clinical depression, OCD, etc.?”
I collected the following information from campaign websites. Not all offer contact information that includes a place to comment. Some offer info@theirnames. It’s not clear if these email addresses go to staff or if they actually reach the nominee. John Delaney, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, and Andrew Yang offer PO Box addresses.
If you have contact information for any of these candidates that I didn’t include, please send that information to me and I’ll update this list.
At the moment, SMI has not been mentioned in presidential town halls. Questions are asked about drug/alcohol programs but not about care/treatment for the seriously mentally ill. We have to introduce this topic into the presidential town halls, debates, and the 2020 campaigns. If SMI is not included in election discourse, what chance is there that it will be a priority in national programs going forward?
Tomorrow, I’ll post a sample letter that I’ll be sending to all the people on this list. Feel free to copy and use or to help draft your own message. Let’s flood 2020 presidential candidates with letters about what is important to us — national attention to SMI issues.
Bill de Blasio
PO Box 70835
Bethesda, MD 20813
Amy Klobuchar (Has a plan for drug/alcohol addiction and mental health. SMI?
Amy for America
PO Box 18360
Minneapolis, MN 55418
PO Box 3628
El Paso, Texas
PO Box 391
Burlington, Vt. 05402
Friends of Andrew Yang
PO Box 214
New York, NY 10018
Our story — mine and Pat’s — is now live and available to order on Amazon. An exciting day full of mixed emotions.
NOTE: As of late this afternoon, 4/11/19, Sooner Than Tomorrow is up on Amazon and available for ordering. I’m in tears. My heart and soul are in this book. Thank you, so much, for reading it.
In a few days, Sooner Than Tomorrow will be available in paperback on Amazon. Dedicated to mothers. Perfect for Mother’s Day! Please leave a comment on Amazon on my book page. I’m counting on word of mouth to attract new readers. Thanks so much!
FROM THE BACK COVER:
I had no idea, as I was writing my diary (June 15, 2013 — June 15, 2014), that I was capturing the last year of my son’s life. Pat died, unexpectedly, on July 23, 2014, on a hospital psych ward. Suddenly, my diary morphed into a more poignant record than I’d anticipated and, after he died, I discovered Pat had been making regular posts on Facebook. I decided to add his comments to my own.
One day, you know it will be your turn. Something alters your projection. There’s a major shift and then events will be referenced as “before” or “after.” Your life as it was versus the way it is now. In Sooner Than Tomorrow, I learn — right along with the reader — what will happen next. We’re all on a journey. Thank you for going on this journey with me.
Dede Ranahan weaves everyday events into her poignant account of her son’s descent into psychosis. She takes readers, with her and her family, on a harrowing journey — there is no guidebook — that too many of us are forced to take. Written in diary form, with entries by both mother and son, Sooner Than Tomorrow quietly exposes our nation’s shameful failure to help those with serious mental illnesses. It chronicles a mother’s unending love for a child and a son’s struggles to be well. An important book. A loving tribute. A powerful story that tugs at the heart and leaves readers asking, “Why can’t we do better?”
author of CRAZY: A Father’s Search
Through America’s Mental Health Madness
This book about psychiatric brain disease is poignant and painful, but, ultimately, a necessary read. In its well-constructed pages, you’ll find a mother’s diary of her wonderful son and his terrible illness. Every clinician needs a copy of this, every mental health worker, every doctor, and, certainly, every family. Sooner Than Tomorrow is as real as storytelling gets. There are no stories more honest than those of our children who live with mental illnesses. This book tells one such story beautifully.
mother of Zac, Board Member, SARDAA
(Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America)
Among the uncountable tragedies of the mental illness sub-nation, is its near-invisibility to its host society. So-called normal people live alongside neighbors—even friends—whose quiet pain, mourning, terror, and desperation would affront the nation’s conscience if it were better known. Dede Ranahan is among the heroic witnesses who are breaking that silence. Her memoir of the loss of her son — passionate, eloquent, revelatory, and unspeakably brave — brilliantly takes its place among the beacons of light and truth telling that point the way to the reclamation of our most helpless brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author of
No One CaresAbout Crazy People:
The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
My book, Sooner Than Tomorrow — A Mother’s Diary About Mental Illness, Family, and Everyday Life, has been six years in the making. In a few days, it will become available on Amazon. The journey continues.
(Page 445 in Sooner Than Tomorrow)
First, thank you to my son, Patrick. Thank you for your poetry, your Facebook posts, and your life. You’re the most courageous person I’ve ever known.
Thank you to my daughters, Megan Mace, Marisa Farnsworth, and Kerry Joiner, for reading Sooner Than Tomorrow and giving me permission to put it out there, sharing our family with the world. Your endorsements mean everything to me.
Thank you to everyone I mentioned in the telling of my story. We’re all in this thing we call “life” together.
Thank you to early readers: Ann Hedrick, Pat West Guinn, Kathy Hayes, Mary Lyn Rusmore-Villaume, Rosemary Sarka, and Irene Underwood. You gave me the cojones to believe in myself.
Thank you to the cheerleaders, those of you read my book excerpts week after week at soonerthantomorrow.com and sent me emails, text messages, cards, and letters: Joan Andersen, Tama
Bell, Chris Biswell, Judy Bracken, Madeleine Cunningham, Bev Chinello, Deborah Fabos, Anne Schmidt Francisco, Heidi Franke, Sheila Ganz, Jeanne Gore, Joyce Herrerias, Swannie Hoehn, Rose King, Nancy Krause, Joan Logue, Grace McAndrews, Jan McKim, Mary Murphy, Fran Neves, Liz Noel, Teresa Pasquini, Den Proudly, Karen Riches, Mary Sheldon, Stace Shurson, Sandy Turner, Kimberlee West, Annette Williamson, and to so many more of you who left comments, likes, and loves on Facebook. You kept me going, especially on the days when I thought, what am I doing?
Thank you to Sharon Lefkov, Kerry Joiner, and Michele Joiner for proofing my pages for spellings and typos. Thank you to my little brother, Jim Moon, for bringing my old photos back to life. Acknowledgments also to Sue Clark, my first editor, who read every page out loud with me and assured me, “Yes, this is interesting.” And to the Lincoln Library writer’s class who listened, in the beginning, when Pat was still with us.
Special hugs to Pat’s Facebook friends.
Thank you to Michele DeFilippo and Ronda Rawlins at 1106 Design for your professionalism and guidance.
And finally, thank you to all of you—those I know and don’t know—who are reading Sooner Than Tomorrow. Readers are the whole point of writing. The why in the what if.
P.S. Love to my heroes—the millions of mothers of the seriously mentally ill who fight for their children every single day.