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He knew how hard we tried for him, and he tried too. He made me laugh. He made me smile. He was not only my son, but my best friend. And I am doing this for him, to honor him, and to help those who need to know what we learned, what we did, what we should have done, and shouldn't have done. And if it helps someone then it is worth reliving it all, and sharing his joys and his agonies with you. I am not doing it to expose him, or myself, but to help you. Would I do it all again? Yes. In a minute. I wouldn't give away these nineteen years for anything in the world. He taught me more about love and joy and courage and the love of life and wonderful outrageousness than anything or anyone else in my life ever will. He gave me the gifts of love and compassion and understanding and acceptance and tolerance and patience, wrapped in laughter, straight from his heart. And now I share those gifts with you.
In a candid yet poignant memoir, best-selling author Danielle Steel shares with us her powerful personal story of the son she lost--and the lessons she learned--during his courageous battle with manic depression.
Unlike the riveting fiction she creates, Steel confesses this memoir 'was very painful to write, but I'm very glad I did.' In it, she shares tender, painful memories and Nick's remarkable journals--painting for us a haunting portrait of a tormented young man and the mother who loved him. We think Danielle Steel's tribute to her lost son is a gift of life, hope, healing and understanding to us all. It is a book every mother should read. Photos. Explicit language.
The author's proceeds will be donated to The Nick Traina Foundation, an organization established to benefit mental health, music and child-related causes.
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