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posted Mar 4, 2015, 2:00 PM by NAMI Fort Wayne Web Director   [ updated Mar 4, 2015, 2:03 PM ]

DEAR AMY: Several weeks ago I read a letter in your column from “Angry Sister” that broke my heart. This young woman has been adversely affected by her sister’s instability and her frequent and disruptive moves back to the family home. She asked if she is a terrible person. No!

I grew up with a sibling who is mentally ill and is now considered disabled. With community support my sib lives in an apartment, with visits from our family members who help with housework.

At times we have had a strained relationship, until a year ago when I attended a Family-to-Family 12-week program provided by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

The volunteer facilitators have family members who also are ill, and the support was overwhelming. This led to my understanding, and brought both of us so much healing. There is no charge for this valuable program. You will do your readers a great service by providing this information: nami.org. -- Grateful

DEAR GRATEFUL: The family support offered through NAMI is excellent — I should have recommended it. Thank you for following up.

March 1, 2015
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