has written a courageous book. Her
willingness to be open and vulnerable, revealing her childhood experiences
growing up in a family burdened with mental illness and alcoholism, and later
as a mother raising a mentally ill son, have given us a glimpse into the
devastation mental illness wreaks on a family.
Ultimately, as she takes us on this journey with her, she brings us back
to what’s most important of all—love.
Gloria Harrison, Psy.D.
heartbreaking, yet heartwarming, book, Nanette Davis shares her experiences
caring for a mentally ill sister and son, some encounters predictable, others
surprising. Caregiving Sharon, while married, raising a family of six children,
and working full time, Nanette confronted the fact that her son, Mike, had
begun to demonstrate traits of mental illness, that was not adolescent
acting-out behavior. Her accomplishments in dealing with life’s overwhelming
expectations make for riveting reading. Mental health professionals as well as
families with their own “Sharons” and “Mikes” will find much to instruct and
L. Krogh, Ph.D.
Professor of Childhood Education
Currents is a
powerful, important book. It’s a “must read” not only for families and people
struggling with these issues but also for health professionals, mental health
workers, and all who care about mental health issues in our society. Dr. Davis
offers how-to-strategies for navigating the health care system and coping with
two mentally ill loved ones, as well as criticisms of our current mental health
Lynne Masland, Ph.D.
A Century of Challenge and Change: Whatcom
Women and the YWCA
Currents, Nanette Davis has gifted us with candid and loving insight into
the challenges of caring for a severely mentally-ill sister and son, while
holding a family with five other children together, and working full time. She
models courage and strength and delivers a realistic picture.
Skye Burn Productions LLC
personal memoir, Raging Currents, Nanette Davis writes in intimate
detail about her personal odyssey as caregiver for two loved ones: Sharon, who
“lived a life tormented by self-loss,” and a son, struggling to develop an
identity. In this candid narrative, we experience Nanette’s perseverance over
many years in seeking help and providing care for her sister’s schizophrenia
and son’s bipolar disease, despite family denial and the lack of support from
the mental healthcare system. This story is a gift to anyone living with or
knowing someone suffering from mental illness, impressing us on how love and
persistence conquer all.
Author of Struck, Saltwater, and Dark Forest