Bipolar Disease: A Thief that Steals One Man’s Dreams

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Day relives her son’s battle with mental illness in her new book

Bipolar disease has become a thief that struck author Patricia Temple Day’s family, stealing her son’s hopes and eventually his life. Moved by her loss and inspired to help others find peace and joy amidst their personal storm, she pens a story of grief and healing in When the Thief Strikes, an Xlibris release.

In this book, the author looks back on the life of her son, David Day, as he wrestles with severe bipolar disease. Young, handsome, and full of life, David’s life was in place—he has launched a successful computer career and is about to marry his college sweetheart. Before he can make the most important commitment of his life, however, a thief strikes, stealing his dreams.

Despite his fall, David regains control over his disease, enters law school, earns his degree and passes the Bar. Even when the Board of Law Examiners decides his illness makes him unfit for the challenging public law career he chose, his strong spirit helps him to courageously challenge their decision. His family believes that his hard work has earned him some good luck, some happiness. He has found a medication he can tolerate and has been hospital-free for three years. As they begin to relax, bipolar strikes again, fatally this time.

In the aftermath of his son’s death, Day has to decide: Did the thief win? When the Thief Strikes allows readers to follow this compelling true-life journey, and learn important information about bipolar, a disease which affects 5.7 million Americans. Day helps anyone learn to cope with mental illness of a loved one, and how to move forward when, in the midst of grief and loss, God seems unavailable and uncaring.

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About the Author
Author Patricia Temple Day was born and raised in Northfield, Minnesota, where she graduated from St. Olaf College with a BA in Business Education and a minor in English. After earning an MA from the University of Minnesota, she worked fifteen years as a high school teacher and fifteen as an administrative assistant in the academic and business world. She and her husband John raised four sons on their five-generation Century Farm in Randolph, Minnesota, where they experienced for over forty years the joys and challenges that go hand in hand with bugs and weeds, volatile crop markets, constant change, and depending on the weather.

Two of Day’s anchors in the midst of turmoil have been the family farm, which has given her the opportunity to view the seasons from seed to harvest, and her church family, where she has been nurtured and has nurtured others while serving as a teacher, small group leader, and lay speaker.

When the Thief Strikes * by Patricia Day
Publication Date: May 12, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 259 pages; 978-1-4500-2438-9
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 259 pages; 978-1-4500-2439-6

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