Mrs. Jones

Welcome. This blog is part of a journey into my son’s eating disorder and about how it has affected our family. I fear many families are experiencing similar situations and are hiding their pain as there is still too much stigma attached to mental illness. If someone you care for has cancer or diabetes everyone is understanding and supportive, but mental health is misunderstood and even taboo. I invite you to share this journey with me and hope that we can find ways to cope and help each other along the way.

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Dear son,

Dear son,

You turn 19 years old today.  I know you’re not where you want to be. And I know it’s frustrating. You are strong, much stronger than you realize. Not everyone your age has lived through everything you have, which makes you very unique.  Maybe you’ve had so many different experiences that when you put them all together […]

Heroes of War

I wrote this piece this morning European time while most Americans and Canadians were still asleep. It started like this. This theme is so relevant today as we have woken up to more news about attacking Iran and Iranian retaliation. I went to the pool and while I was swimming, I reflected on when war is necessary, why […]


I had always envisioned the Joker’s smile as it was depicted in the DC Comics version or by the great Jack Nicholson in the 1989 movie. As a little girl, I was always afraid of the joker and wondered what might be hiding behind those fake, painted on lips.

Joaquin Phoenix’s superb performance in The Joker 2019 was more than […]

Ave Maria

Yesterday I was touched by beauty. This was unexpected as I could barely manage to get dressed and leave the house. My husband convinced me to go to a harp and viola concert which I thought would be a very proper recital with a few nice pieces. I imagined a cold environment where the audience would arrive, politely […]

If only

If only I could trade places with you,

I’d do it in a split second.

If only I could understand your pain and you could understand mine,

I’d take it all away.


If only you hadn’t hidden your illness for so long.

If only I had noticed earlier.

If only you didn’t hurt yourself.

If only […]

Fade to black

The woman has just had coffee in her favorite coffee shop with her husband. They are walking home with their dog. The phone rings. She looks at it and sees that the call is from the hospital. She answers the phone.

Woman: Good morning.

James: Hello. This is James from the hospital. Are you Philip’s mother?

Woman: Yes.

James: Oh. I thought I […]

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