The ‘demons’ got my beautiful, loving daughter

CASTIMONIA

For those with mental illness, this is truly a sad story but I hope it helps the public understand how terrible a life those of us with mental illness can really live.

The author with daughter Natalie in 2004, soon after publication of their book “Promise You Won’t Freak Out.”© Doris Fuller/Treatment Advocacy Center The author with daughter Natalie in 2004, soon after publication of their book “Promise You Won’t Freak Out.”

by:  Doris A. Fuller of The Washington Post

I lost my darling daughter Natalie to mental illness last month. She killed herself a few weeks short of her 29th birthday by stepping in front of a train in Baltimore.

Natalie and I wrote a book together when she was 16: “Promise You Won’t Freak Out: A Teenager Tells Her Mother the Truth About Boys, Booze, Body Piercing, and Other Touchy Topics (and Mom Responds).” The idea of a teenager telling the truth about her secrets was such a startling concept that we were feature-page headliners…

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