Healthy Choices

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

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.