This book is a profound message of empathy and hope for those who have friends or family suffering from schizophrenia or other severe mental illness. It retells the author’s journey with Peter, his older brother and only sibling, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and depression in his early twenties. The condition became chronic.
Honouring his mother’s dying wish to look after him, Paul became Peter’s unofficial carer for thirty-five years. Paul charts the desperate lows and painful sacrifices required to accompany Peter, through love, on his long journey through madness and distress. Yet the message of this book is what happened to Peter at the end of his life. To be finally set free from the ravages of schizophrenia.
This is a story of deep commitment amidst traumatic circumstances, making essential reading for all those who face similar circumstances in their family.
The author writes: “I recognised that to record Peter’s journey could help those living with the curse of schizophrenia. For me it would act as a healing balm from sad and deeply entrenched memories.”