My story as a child living in the United States Virgin Islands with a mother suffering from schizophrenia. Which is a form of mental illness. I am ending my silence so others can get the help they need. My hope is that this book will help to remove the shame associated with this disease and that a discussion can take place in personal circles about the harm that is done when we keep silent about unpopular disorders for fear of shame, retribution, or bullying. Mental illness is real; its consequences are shattering; and the lives left to pick up the pieces can only be rebuilt with truth and acceptance.