….. continues the roller-coaster ride of mania, depression, panic and anxiety with mother and daughter.
Panic Stations – Natasha’s Ride
From a break-down to a break-up.
From the city to the mountains.
From mental illness to physical ailments.
From friend to friend.
From hospital to hospital.
From dreaming of death to loving life and back again.
From moments of sheer panic to moments of pure joy.
From snow to fire.
From hope to despair.
From book 1 to book 2.
From dreading change to embracing it.
From there to here to now.
Panic Stations – Ela’s Ride
Finally we have the correct diagnosis for our ‘different’ daughter, but this is not enough to stop the Bi-Polar roller-coaster. I am still along for the ride as we navigate through drugs, medications, boyfriends, girlfriends, holidays, mania, depression, panic, anxiety, doctors, hospitals, stress, emotional landmines and physical complications. Belatedly I discover a few home truths about myself.
I was born in Krakow, Poland to Holocaust survivors. At the age of 3, my family moved to Israel. I wanted to be a journalist, but then, at the age of 14, my family moved again - this time to Australia. My minimal knowledge of English forced me to 'do better' in the sciences at school and university. I completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of NSW, majoring in Mathematics and Psychology. I come from a creative family of authors, film reviewers, producers, directors and cinematographers. I met my amazing partner, Peter, in the early days of my computer career. We have been together for over 35 years and have worked together in the computer industry - designing and writing computer systems for various businesses for over 20 years. Searching for the Bipolar diagnosis for our youngest daughter Natasha, led Natasha and myself to write our first book "The Bi-Polar Express" and our second book "Panic Stations along The Bi-Polar Express" is coming soon. We lived in one of the beautiful sandy beach suburbs of Sydney, but we have since moved west to the misty Blue Mountains. I am an animal activist. We have 2 daughters, 1 dog & various cats (and no longer any fish).