When the Ship Has No Stabilizers: our daughter’s tempestuous voyage through borderline personality disorder, by Fran L. Porter
St. Marys, Ontario, Canada (March 17, 2014) – Crossfield Publishing is proud to release When the Ship Has No Stabilizers. To the casual observer, Colleen Porter appeared to have it all: good looks, keen intelligence, and a charm that could captivate to the point of bending others to her will. But beneath that polished exterior lurked a sinister and ugly enemy: a mental illness so devastating it sabotaged her life long before actually claiming it. This book, written by Colleen’s mother, relentlessly exposes the hell wrought by unchecked borderline personality disorder upon both sufferers themselves and people close to those sufferers. Yet the good news is that, since Colleen’s death, far more help than ever before has become available. The work points sufferers and their families in the direction of that help so they can avert the crises endured by Colleen, her parents, and her sister. Knowledge is power! Only through challenging mental illness head-on and taking proactive measures against it do we have a hope of conquering an affliction far more prevalent in our modern society than is yet known or recognized.
Author: Born in Middlesex England and raised in Hamilton Ontario, Canada, Fran L. Porter (B.Ed., M.A.) moved to Alberta with her geologist husband in 1974. She has spent the majority of her working life as a high-school teacher with the Foothills School Division, just south of Calgary. Today, when they are not travelling the world, she and husband Andy still live in suburban Calgary on the edge of beautiful Fish Creek Provincial Park, where they love to say they enjoy a retirement abounding in “the three ‘f’s”: friends, family, and fulfillment.
Reviewer: “From my 30 plus years of experience working with those who suffer from a mental illness, I can, without hesitation, say that this book is a realistic, yet compassionate account of the impact mental illness has on an individual, as well as the family and close friends. This works fills a vital need for all of us in making us more aware, informed and sensitive to the individuals that struggle with these illnesses. The author’s willingness to share this very personal story is one more step towards helping to remove the stigma that surrounds mental Illness. L. Mark Peterson, LMSW, co-author of the Adult, Adolescent & Child Psychotherapy Treatment Planners. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.