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  • By Jaynita Maru
    Jul 21, 2016
    Screwballs review by: Jaynita Maru Author: Catherine Mardon Screwballs is a book about a woman’s experiences with people facing various mental health issues such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. Throughout her journey in life, Catherine Mardon crossed paths with a lot of personalities. As an attorney, Mardon worked to get disability funding for people to afford correct medication during a time when mental health issues were not acknowledged as real issues and when the AIDS outbreak sent North American societies in a frenzy of misinformed judgement. The combination of the two posed unique new situations for Catherine but she rose to the challenges and overcame them with unwavering determination. Every chapter in the book introduces a new person in Mardon’s life, and each person had an impact on her in some way or another. She believed that these people were sent to her by God to show her the path of empathy, compassion, and understanding. Mardon managed to focus on their... More > uniqueness regardless of the mental health stigma that was (and still is) prevalent in society. Some of the people Mardon helped recovered successfully, but others eventually completed suicide or died of various causes such as AIDS or intoxication. Nonetheless, Catherine always hoped that whatever helping hand she could give to the shunned, they would in turn be inspired to help someone else who needed it. These experiences ultimately prepared her for a new challenge. Austin Mardon, a geographer with a keen interest in historical comets, was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1992. Catherine met him knowing his diagnosis and she married him regardless. She was judged by family and friends for marrying someone with schizophrenia but these opinions only made her stronger. In the face of adversity, Catherine rose to multiple challenges and overcame them. This book is an autobiographical collection of anecdotes based on the challenges Catherine faced throughout her life. The sheer simplicity of her writing allows the reader to automatically empathize with Catherine as her humility shines through every word. A truly engaging read, and an inspiration to many.< Less
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Product Details

February 1, 2015
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.51 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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