“How do you and Susan keep your marriage together?”
It’s a question we have gotten for years, really ever since our story became public. It was a question I found difficult to answer because I couldn’t really comprehend the question. I couldn’t understand how we could not stay together in this situation. Raising Jani and Bodhi was stressful enough. Why would we add to that stress by splitting up?
However, my answer was usually along these lines: “We are both committed to the k
Sorry but it’s no[t] right or fair or ethical to subject the world to potential danger just to spare the feelings of these parents who foolishly, selfishly bred twice. Either medicate these kids to the zombie level or put them [i]n an institution. They are proven violent and cannot be cured. -Yahoo commenter
The gunman suffered from an undisclosed mental health issue, and was under the care of a variety of health care professionals… -CNN
The first quote is from a comment poste
Usually when mental health advocates talk about a fictional portrayal of mental illness, it is to complain about it, and with good reason. Mental illness in Hollywood is either played for laughs or as a standard horror trope to provide motivation for the psychotic killer. Of course, mental illness is one of the last socially acceptable stigmas in our society. Traditionally stories about mental illness fall into one of two categories: laugh at the insanity (both comedies and horror films) or s
Yesterday, a well meaning person posted this link from CNN about 10 year old Gianni Cristini and his struggle with psychosis on our Facebook page, along with this: Can you help these people? Thank you.
The story was very familiar. I’ve both lived it and know many other families going through it right now. In fact, right now one of our friend’s 12 year old son is having felony assault charges pressed against him by the principal, teacher, and aide of the special educatio
When signs of cyanosis first appear, such as on the lips or fingers, intervention should be made within 3–5 minutes because a severe hypoxia or severe circulatory failure may have induced the cyanosis.
-From the Wikipedia entry for “Cyanosis,” the condition of bluish coloration on the skin or mucus membranes indicating low oxygen saturation of these membranes-essentially, suffocation.
I had originally intended to write this blog on Monday, January
Friday, December 13th, 4-7pm at Valencia Barnes & Noble
Come out and meet us and some of the kids the Jani Foundation provides social events for. Use the flyer below in store on 12/13/13 and the Jani Foundation receives 10%. Or you can shop online at BN.COM/bookfairs from 12/13/13‐ 12/18/13 and entering Bookfair ID# 11245651 at checkout!
Jani Bookfair Flyer with Vouchers (in pdf) Come meet some of the kids we support!
The song remains the same… and I am beginning to realize why.
One of the criticisms of our story that bothers me most is the question If you knew there was mental illness in your family, why did you have children? Or the slightly different but essentially the same question: If Jani was mentally ill, why did you decide to have a second child?
I have answered both of these questions before. I don’t like them because the unspoken implication of those
This is what we do. We provided a fun and stress free Halloween party with DJ and karaoke to children who have various classifications: mentally ill, “emotionally disturbed” (educational classification), undiagnosed. Every child in this video has some brain based, non-structural (meaning there is nothing physically wrong with the brain) disorder. These are the children we help. These are the children you help. Your support makes events like this possible.
First, the preview video:
2008 doesn’t have a specific name in our family, mostly because we don’t like to think about it. It could be the year of violence, the year of darkness, the year of confusion, the year of my apathy. If you have read January First, the seeds of what I do in the climax of the book, which occurs in June 2009, actually began in early 2008.