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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Living with mental illness is never easy. Nor is seeing a loved one suffering from it. All you can do is try to become stronger to stop the illness from dictating your life. This is the message that Kristin Rohman Rehkamp reiterates in her moving memoir, Finding Us. Through this book, Kristin shares her experiences with her daughter, who was diagnosed with an acute panic disorder at the tender of eleven. After the diagnosis of her illness, Kristin's daughter suffered frequent bouts of severe panic attacks and related health issues, denying her a "normal" life and preventing her from doing what she loved, for example, entering a national-level dance competition. This book shows the journey of Kristin and her daughter to find a place of peace and acceptance and learn to be grateful for each given day.
In recent years, mental health disorders have thankfully become increasingly normalized to discuss, and books like Finding Us go a long way toward educating the general public about them. Author Kristin Rohman Rehkamp gives an unflinching account of the daily challenges that come with her daughter's illness, showcasing what it means to live with a loved one suffering from mental health issues. Mental health disorders are quite often unpredictable. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to provide support wholeheartedly, be non-judgmental, and even take care of one's own health. Kristin expresses her thoughts in a smooth writing style that is easy to follow and makes her story all the more compelling. Overall, I found Finding Us to be an illuminating read and one that I highly recommend.