- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1461185785
- ISBN-13: 978-1461185789
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,906,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Engebrecht’s raw account of the invisible ailment that claimed her daughter’s life. “Tragic” hardly begins to describe the heartbreak of LauraJo’s struggle with borderline personality disorder, which her mother documents with the help of LauraJo’s journal entries, poetry and sketches. On the surface, LauraJo appears so typical that fellow patients in a mental institution wonder why she’s there. Yet her articulate daybook entries are filled with despair and feelings she can’t quite control, sometimes lurking just beneath her observations. “No one could ask or be more thankful for such a glorious day,” LauraJo writes after one outing. “Then darkness fell, the sun was gone and anxiety, doubt and thoughts of suicide returned. I truly believed earlier in the day that I had it licked.” Self-harm becomes an integral part of her life, as other journal entries mention several failed suicide attempts and the quest for something to make rat poison taste good. Decades after her daughter’s death, Engebrecht’s commentary is the voice of a mother who’s accepted that she’ll never have answers for some questions: “Why didn’t I see evidence of your self-abuse earlier?” she wonders. Whether she’s writing about a flash flood that destroyed the family home in mere minutes or LauraJo’s success as a tennis player and her struggles with her sexuality, Engebrecht lays bare the bones of her own life and her daughter’s. Rare technical slips, like the use of “flower” instead of “flour,” are irrelevant in the face of such honesty. Reveals an extraordinarily talented individual who waged an epic struggle and, in her own way, won—for a time.
About the Author
Pat Engebrecht traveled the journey with her daughter, LauraJO (LJ) who was diagnosed with BPD, Borderline Personality Disorder, in 1978, a time when this disorder was not recognized as a legitimate illness...a "wastebasket" diagnosis. She experienced first-hand the treatment of the medical profession toward parents of young adults suffering from this disorder...a judgement that the disorder was caused by poor parenting: abandonment, sexua/physical abuse. An indictment often held by today's medical personnel. LauraJo created a personal CD singing her pain and her love for those who reached out to her: www.createspace.com/2024149. Mrs. Engebrecht is a published author of poetry, short stories and articles and two young adult novels. Under The Haystack, published in 1973 by Thomas Nelson was nominated for the Newbery Award. www.createspace.com/3850853 and Promise of Moonstone www.createspace.com/33850856 Mrs. Engebrecht entered the business world in 1983 incorporating a minority-owned construction company, L & L Developers, to become one of the first women in the building business in Rochester, New York.
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The book is narrated through the daughter's diaries and the mother's recollections and thoughts after reading the diaries. The author, Pat Engebrecht, is a former Newberry award nominee, and the book is very well written. It would seem as if the book would resonate with others who have dealt with the mental illness of a loved one. The author was a very loving mother and this book really touched my heart when I read it.
When Love Is Not Enough:Chronicles of Laura Jo is an intimate, personal glimpse into LJ Engebrecht's nightmarish encounter with our universe as a being who knew that "now is all that we can ever share". This is a must read for those who wish to know more about the perspective of those who are afflicted with such conditions known as, and similar to, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). LJ's journal, along with her mother's commentaries, creates an intense portrait of a gentle soul lost in an alien universe. It is probable that the origins of BPD and similar 'disorders' lie in genetic variations that are currently beyond our ability to comprehend or alter. Those, like LJ, who suffer with these conditions are frequently gifted in other aspects of life - thereby giving us glimpses wherein we see the wonder and precious diversity of our kind.
If you are lucky enough to read it, this is a book you will never forget.
So tenderly related with insight into the happy uplifting
times and then thru the depths of pain and suffering for the entire family.
I would recommend that the music CD be played first as it reveals the personality,
humor and dreams of Laura Jo. Her voice brings the book to life.
You will feel her presence, talents and the love she gave during the stable periods of her life.