Joan is the author of THE MYTH OF THE MAIDEN: On Being A Woman and Why Did She Jump? My Daughter’s Battle With Bipolar Disorder that is presently being produced into a Hollywood movie. Her two new books, LIFE AFTER LOSS: A Journey of Eight Steps and THE BLITHERING BLOGS OF A BLISSFUL BLOGGER, have been submitted for publication.
Both can be purchased on Amazon.com.
Why Did She Jump?
My Daughter’s Battle With Bipolar Disorder
After many years of vacillating between unparalleled caring, generosity, and uncontrollable angry eruptions, Pam is finally diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. However, due to difficulty and mismanagement of this insidious illness and apathetic attitudes within the health professional community as well as coping with her own personal demons, she ultimately jumps from a 15th-floor balcony. I chronicle not only Pam’s life but also, her own and our family’s struggle to understand this happening as well as the inadequacy of the health profession to treat this mental illness. My faith in the health system is challenged and proves a need for change.
I try to give an insightful, informative, and yet sensitive glimpse into my daughter’s life dealing with Bipolar Disorder. Though my daughter’s death is the driving force behind this writing, I attempt to lead the reader through the dark days of grief and guilt of a mother as well as a frustrated professional to the acceptance of personal and filial forgiveness. I reflect on my daughter’s many accomplishments in spite of or even because of her illness. To paraphrase an old saying, this writing is the epitome of “She did not live in vain.”
For all who have been affected by the tragedies of family or acquaintances afflicted with mental illnesses and all the accompanying heartaches and troubles, I offer hope for tomorrow—no matter the struggles of today.
MYTH OF THE MAIDEN: On Being A Woman
Joan’s fascinating look at the evolution of women from helpless maidens to powerful individuals follows her own soulful metamorphosis. Her journey begins in the 1950’s when she came of age. Like many women of her time, she believed that she needed a man to feel worthy as a woman. She believed in the Myth of the Maiden. Despite professional success and motherhood, she faced with several failed marriages and other difficulties which made her realize there was no “happily ever after.”
Joan’s examination into what went wrong in her life—why it didn’t live up to all those expectations she had growing up—led her down the path of self-discovery. Through the events of her life — including encounters with Sammy Davis Jr. and Elvis Presley — and the lives of women she treated in therapy, she developed a new multifaceted definition of what it means to be a woman.
Joan takes her personal experiences and shapes them into a tale of heroic struggle and glorious triumph that will show women of all ages how to transform their own lives. This compelling story shows why the maiden is a myth, and gives women new models and stories to use as guides for living a life of accomplishment and fulfillment.
The Myth of the Maiden explores the evolution of women from helpless maidens to dragon slayers.