You have clicked onto my STORE PAGE, where you can find the books I have written in both audio and soft cover. Read, learn and enjoy THE MYTH OF THE MAIDEN: On Being a Woman.  Share my heartfelt story of how I struggled with my daughter’s illness and death in WHY DID SHE JUMP? My Daughter’s Battle With Bipolar Disorder.  Both can be purchased on



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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.

the myth of maiden

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Joan E. Childs shows how women of all ages can transform their lives.
The Myth of the Maiden explores the evolution of women from helpless maidens to dragon slayers.


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