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It was the spring of 1989. I was 16 years old, a junior in high school and an honors student. I had what every teenager wants: a stable family, a nice home in the suburbs, a great group of friends, big plans for my future, and no reason to believe that any of that would ever change. 

Then came my mother's psychosis.

I experienced first-hand the terror of watching someone I loved transform into a monster; the terror of discovering that I was to be her primary victim. For years, I've lived with the sadness of knowing that she, too, was a helpless victim; a victim of a terrible disease that consumed and destroyed the strong and caring woman I had once called Mom. 

My mother's illness took everything: my family, my home, my friends, my future. A year and a half later, I would be living alone on the street on the other side of the country, wondering whether I could even survive on my own. 

But I did. That was how my mother - my real mother - raised me. To survive. 

She, too, was a survivor. It wasn't until last year that I learned that she had died - in 2007. No one will ever know her side of the story now. But perhaps, at last, it's time for me to tell mine. 

©2017 Lori Schafer (P)2018 Lori Schafer

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