- Paperback: 283 pages
- Publisher: Collins; 1 edition (Sept. 24 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 000200884X
- ISBN-13: 978-0002008846
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 386 g
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #339,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Promise Of Hope Paperback – Sep 24 2007
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About the Author
AUTUMN STRINGAM is the second of nine children born to a mother who suffered from bipolar affective disorder; she developed the same illness. The story of her remarkable treatment was featured in a one-hour documentary titled Impossible Cure?, which aired across the U.S. and Canada on the Discovery Health Channel. A s a public speaker, author of mental health resources and political advocate for the mentally ill, she has spread the hope of recovery to thousands of other Canadians and a growing worldwide audience. Autumn Stringam lives in Coaldale, Alberta, with her husband and four children.
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We see her life with her mother's undiagnosed bi-polar swings and final suicide through a child's eyes, never dreaming that the same terrors would one day be hers. The illness does not surface until she is an adult and married. From this point on, we travel through her own mind, while at the same time she finally begins to understand her mother. The family once again suffers the same fate as her younger brother also is diagnosed. There seems to be nothing to live for because nothing, no treatment yet used, could do more than remove them from a life into a stupor from which they dare not try to emerge.
Her father begins a quest to find a way to help his children in a way that he had not been able to save his wife. All he wants is for them to be safe. A chance meeting with an animal nutritionist eventually leads to trying a new way, a nutritional concoction of vitamins and minerals, based on the formula for quieting aggressive hogs, 'tail biters'. Over the next few years we journey through the miraculous recovery of the siblings. Indeed, both now lead healthy and productive lives.
There are agonizing legal battles to get the product approved. The futile fights with the Canadian government are spelled out completely and succinctly and made me want to join in the fight! I can see it exactly as if I had lived it. I would strongly recommend this book for a number of reasons. For understanding of the bi-polar progress, for the discovery and preliminary trials to improve on any new medical discovery, and for how difficult it is to bring government acceptance of alternative medicine for many illnesses, are three main reasons. This is a real life, Autumn lived this life and tells the truth as it is, plain and simple, with suspense as to what will happen with the discovery, and the final outcome. I highly recommend the book to all my friends. Read it, you will be glad you did.
In places it felt like a therapy session.,experiences valuable to her but the reader did not need to know intimate family
dynamics. In spite of these comments I did enjoy the book and admire the author for sharing her struggles and her
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