In almost four years of writing my blog, I've never had this happen. On Tuesday, guest writer Rachel Wilhelm posted a dark, but lovely, tribute to her sister, Errin, who died in 2010 after a long battle with mental illness. I thought that was it.
The next day, Rachel casually shot me an email with the rest of the story of what happened after her sister died. It was beautifully written, and I couldn't believe she hadn't told me about it when she submitted "The Other Victims of Mental Illness." With a little work, we were able to get the piece together as a Friday follow-up. Please take a moment to read it. It's a powerful, touching conclusion.
After receiving a returned letter from my sister's address that said "Deceased," I wanted to believe there had been a mistake. She had been unstable for years, due to an ongoing struggle with mental illness, but she was 33. This couldn't be the end - not so early, not without me being there with her.
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