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

11/26/2013 1:57 PM

11/27/2013 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 H. Craft is The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health. She graduated from Ohio State University and previously worked at the Los Angeles Times and California Journal. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. Reach her at ccraft@sacbee.com or 916-321-1270. Twitter: @cynthiahcraft.

Sammy Caiola joined The Sacramento Bee as a health reporter in 2014. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she was a Top 10 finisher in the William Randolph Hearst College Journalism Awards. Reach her at scaiola@sacbee.com or 916-321-1636. Twitter: @SammyCaiola.

 

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