Posted in March 2012

Talking to my lawyer

I decided to talk to my lawyer (tomorrow) about whether its wise to write a book on this subject.  I just saw a post from Doris Fuller on the Treatment Advocacy website, but it’s about her daughter and she doesn’t have quite the same situation as I do.  I’m not writing a book to make … Continue reading

Safe during winter, but missing spring

For the past few years, my relative has been spending winters in jail or the hospital.  Which is a good thing because otherwise, he’d probably not survive.  Although not the ideal solution, it keeps him off the street.  It takes many months for a preliminary hearing, then an incompetency evaluation, to review the incompetency evaluation … Continue reading

Its madness – I became involved

I titled by blog “It’s Madness” for the double meaning: 1) my relative is mad 2) many folks have called me mad to get involved. My relative became mentally ill in his late 20s (about 20 yrs. ago), so I grew up hearing bits and pieces about his struggles.  The couple times I had met … Continue reading

My Introduction

I have been a guardian and conservator for a mentally ill relative for the past 5 yrs.  I’ve been surprised that the resources out there for guardians are limited.  NAMI has support groups for people that have family members who are mentally ill, but I found it difficult to get to them as I worked … Continue reading