More than 15 million adults and their immediate families in
America today must cope with a patient suffering from severe
mental illness. In too many cases, these families cannot or
do not know how to get help for their loved ones.
More than 15 million adults and their immediate families in America today must cope with a patient suffering from severe mental illness. In too many cases, these families cannot or do not know how to get help for their loved ones.
SANDY’S GIFT: WALKING WITH THE LIGHT (Cedar Forge, 2017, softcover) by William P. Dunn IV is an intimate and shocking true story that tells of the tragic plight of Sandra Dunn, a mother and loving wife whose life takes a tragic turn when she suddenly falls victim to severe mental illness; how the healthcare profession and the law prevented her from getting the treatment she needed; how it destroyed her family and nearly got them killed. By sharing his story, Dunn hopes that people will have a better understanding of the ravages of mental illness and know how to cope with them better.
Sandy’s Gift: Walking with the Light by William P. Dunn IV
Published by Cedar Forge (February 14, 2017)
Genre: Memoir/Family Relationships/Mental Health/ Health and Medical Law
Source: Author via iRead Book Tours
Format: Kindle edition, 211 pages
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Mental illness is not a high priority for care providers in our medical communities. Sarah’s Gift centers around the invasive and divisive nature of mental illness. There are also the difficulties encountered by the families in finding care facilities.
I had difficulty “getting into” Sarah’s Gift and the author’s writing style. Dunn’s writing style was stiff, reading as if these pages were business documents. Yet, I give Dunn credit for writing a painful and tragic story.
As they begin the start of a young family, Dunn senses his wife’s behavior is changing. Even his young daughters experience unsettling interactions with their mom.
In Sarah’s Gift, the author shares his frustrations in locating proper care for his wife. Not even the local police force is able, or willing, to help on various occasions when things get out of control. The local judicial system fails him by ordering his wife can be discharged from a care facility.
Despite his frustrations, Dunn struggles to maintain normalcy for his daughters. He manages to keep his job intact and continue his fight to help his wife. At times, his frustrations are so real on the page you want to reach out and fight alongside him. I kept asking why, in this country of ours, must it be so hard to find help for the mentally ill among us.
Sandy’s Gift sheds a light on some of the legal complexities Dunn faced. He also had battles to fight with the medical community treating his wife.
Dunn has shared a personal story filled with difficulty and heartbreak. We never know when someone we know will be fighting for a loved one in similar circumstances. This is a story that could help someone at a difficult time.
About the Author
William P. Dunn IV worked on Wall Street in the U.S. Government bond market where he worked his way up from the back office to the trading desks. After twenty years on Wall Street, he became a financial advisor in northern New Jersey. He continues to work as an investment advisor. He is a graduate of Thiel College where he earned a dual degree in Economics and Business Administration. Today he lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and is a proud grandfather.