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Honey Perkel tells of her personal journey in Just Breathe, a raw look into raising a child with mental illness and addiction.

'Just Breathe' by Honey Perkel

Just Breathe is a powerful account of a mother’s love and her initial promise to always stand by her child. It’s a story of letting go, of lost dreams, and new dreams realized.

Just Breathe is an intimate portrayal of Seaside, Oregon, author Honey Perkel’s fight to save her child. Since Brian was fifteen months old, Honey battled with his defiant behavior, beginning an endless pattern of worry and frustration. And it only grew worse from there. The symptoms were many: separation anxiety, wild rages, explosive temper tantrums, marked irritability, oppositional behavior, risk-taking behavior, depression, and low self-esteem. He was a child unafraid of anyone or anything. First acting out at home, then in school, then out in the world, the family’s dynamics were soon out of control, pain and fear ruling every situation. Out of desperation the police were called countless times as the years progressed until Honey finally had her son arrested on an assault charge.

Honey reached out for help wherever she could. In nine years she took her son to nine different therapists, each one offering new hope for a solution to bring their family together. She hospitalized him twice for being suicidal and turned custody over to the state of Oregon, placing him in a residential home for fifteen months.

Honey Perkel tells of her deep depression during those years, of the terror and secrets that plagued her life. She explains how she sold her home and moved to the Oregon coast to escape her son. She was worn down by crises, exhausted, and her writing became her only escape. For nearly ten years Honey was estranged from Brian until his sudden death from a mixture of heroin and alcohol at the age of thirty-one.

Just Breathe is a powerful account of a mother’s love and her initial promise to always stand by her child. It’s a story of letting go, of lost dreams, and new dreams realized. Readers will find Honey Perkel’s memoir intense and enlightening, a study of survival.

About the Author
Honey Perkel lives in Seaside, Oregon, with her husband where she continues to write. Her books include a trilogy: A Thousand Summers, Secrets at the Cove, and A Place Called Paradise.

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