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Losing Aaron Paperback – December 15, 2016
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The pearl in the oyster here is the love the family has for Aaron, and how they do their best to support him in the only ways they know how, even though he consistently refuses the medication that might have changed his life.
I know that love well, as it is what keeps our family going too - and we know we are fortunate that my son Ben follows the "house rules" of taking his medication each day, under our supervision. Any day he could choose not to (as he, like Aaron, doesn't think he needs it) - and we have seen too many times where that would lead us: straight to the hospital, and down the chute to square one again. This book renewed my gratitude for the extra days we have gotten with Ben - days that this author's family was denied. Her pain and love, and her struggle to also live her own life as writer, wife and mother - are honestly told.
“Losing Aaron”, by Ingrid Blaufarb Hughes, recounts the events of her son, Aaron’s, life, from the time he was little and leading up to his death by suicide as a young adult.
Aaron was such a loving and easygoing boy and early teen but shortly after, signs of distress began to appear.
Later, as Aaron symptoms progressed, was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Aaron was so ravaged by the disorder that he did not recognize his illness and truly believed everyone, including his family and doctors, were against him, no matter how much reinforcement and help they provided.
When the author finds out about her son’s death by suicide, she realizes she really lost Aaron seven years prior when the schizophrenia took hold of him.
“Losing Aaron”, by Ingrid Blaufarb Hughes clearly illustrates the fatigue, concern, and heartbreak Aaron’s family went through trying to save their son, but also their continual spark of hope that their loved one would return from his personal hell.
I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review.
Especially as a mother, I have always felt that the death of one's child would be the most painful of all possible losses, and that to lose a child to suicide would create a wound of truly unbearable depth and dimension. I am tremendously moved by the courage essential for this author to write of her experience and to write with such compassion and honesty. To read of the enormous strength and love shared between everyone involved during these years of terrible suffering, especially those same qualities within this writer’s son, Aaron, is very powerful. The sensitivity of Ms. Hughes’ writing gives me the sense of having been touched by Aaron's intelligence, humor and creativity. As much as it is possible to be inside another person's mind, I gained a sense of the confusion and loneliness of the tortured thinking of a person torn by schizophrenia.
To lose a child twice, once to schizophrenia and then to suicide, is more than any parent should have to bear. But I want to express to the author my appreciation for giving me an opportunity to get to know Aaron even though he is gone. He was an amazing person who struggled valiantly with a terrible affliction, and his family certainly did the same. His mother's deep love for this boy is what survives in the pages of this book.