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A touching follow-up to the viral essay, 'I am Adam Lanza's mother'

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 - 1:57 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 - 7:18 am

One day after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., last December, Liza Long wrote a controversial blog post urging the nation to turn its attention to treatment for the nation’s mentally ill youth. In it, she shared the story of her own son, “Michael” (not his real name). “I live with a son who is mentally ill,” she wrote.

“I love my son. But he terrifies me. A few weeks ago, Michael pulled a knife and threatened to kill me and then himself after I asked him to return his overdue library books ...”

Now comes a touching follow-up to that essay. Liza Long and her son hold a conversation about what it’s like to live with his mental illness for NPR’s StoryCorps. As usual, StoryCorps brings out the most intimate thoughts and stories.


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Cynthia CraftCynthia H. Craft began her reporting and editing career in Columbus, Ohio, after graduating from Ohio State University. She worked at a Dallas, Texas, newspaper as an editor, and then at the Los Angeles Times, as an editor and Capitol Bureau correspondent. After working as editor in chief at the California Journal, Craft went to Lima, Peru, for three years as a visiting professor of journalism at Peruana Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. She's currently The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health, a position made possible by a grant from The California Endowment.

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