Erin Mahone was an anxious child whose Bubbe and Zayde offered a safe space. When Erin was 13, Bubbe told her the story of Zayde’s schizophrenia diagnosis. Their parents and sibling expected her to institutionalize him. She refused and they spent 47 years taking care of each other. This courageous choice laid the foundation for Mahone’s life as wife and mother, and her work as a mental health advocate, storyteller, and producer. In this collection of essays, Mahone describes the influence of her grandparents, experiences as a Jewish communal worker, lessons learned from Holocaust survivors, and other ways in which her Jewish identity has shaped her life and her work within communities. Bubbe and Zayde exemplified humility, compassion, and how to find humor in life’s most challenging circumstances. Today, Erin shares those lessons with her children, in classrooms, mental health programs, theaters, and beyond. She shares the message that “we are all capable of greatness no matter who we are, where we come from, or what stories we have internalized to convince ourselves otherwise.”
If You Could See Me: Life, Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Sanity
- From the Publisher
March 29, 2018
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