Nothing Was the Same by Kay Redfield Jamison

By Kay Redfield Jamison

From the the world over acclaimed writer of An Unquiet Mind, a ravishing, haunting meditation on mortality, grief, and loss.

Perhaps nobody yet Kay Redfield Jamison—who combines the intense perceptions of a psychologist with a writerly beauty and passion—could carry any such smooth contact to the topic of wasting a wife to melanoma. In direct, hassle-free, and from time to time strikingly lyrical prose, Jamison appears again at her dating along with her husband, Richard Wyatt, a well known scientist who battled debilitating dyslexia to turn into one of many leading specialists on schizophrenia. And along with her attribute honesty, candor, wit, and straightforwardness, she describes his loss of life, her personal lengthy, tough fight with grief, and her efforts to tell apart grief from depression.

But she additionally remembers the good pleasure that Richard introduced her in the course of the approximately 20 years they'd jointly. Wryly funny anecdotes mingle with bittersweet stories of a dating that was once passionate and loving—if every so often through her manic-depressive (bipolar) illness—as Jamison unearths the ways that her husband inspired her to jot down brazenly approximately her psychological disorder and, via his braveness and style taught her to reside fully.

A penetrating mental learn of grief seen from deep contained in the event itself, Nothing used to be the Same can also be a deeply relocating memoir via a very good author.

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Nothing Was the Same

From the across the world acclaimed writer of An Unquiet brain, a ravishing, haunting meditation on mortality, grief, and loss.

Perhaps not anyone yet Kay Redfield Jamison—who combines the intense perceptions of a psychologist with a writerly splendor and passion—could deliver this type of smooth contact to the topic of wasting a wife to melanoma. In direct, straight forward, and every now and then strikingly lyrical prose, Jamison seems to be again at her dating along with her husband, Richard Wyatt, a popular scientist who battled debilitating dyslexia to turn into one of many most excellent specialists on schizophrenia. And together with her attribute honesty, candor, wit, and straightforwardness, she describes his loss of life, her personal lengthy, tricky fight with grief, and her efforts to tell apart grief from depression.

But she additionally recollects the good pleasure that Richard introduced her throughout the approximately two decades that they had jointly. Wryly funny anecdotes mingle with bittersweet stories of a dating that used to be passionate and loving—if stricken every so often by way of her manic-depressive (bipolar) illness—as Jamison unearths the ways that her husband inspired her to write down brazenly approximately her psychological affliction and, via his braveness and charm taught her to reside fully.

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A marathon is a running event, after all, not a walking event. But in that one race, even walking was a problem. The thought crossed my mind a few times that maybe I should give up and hitch a ride on one of the event shuttle buses. My time was going to be awful anyway, I thought, so why not just throw in the towel? But dropping out was the last thing I wanted to do. I might be reduced to crawling, but I was going to make it to the finish line on my own steam. Other runners kept passing me, but I limped on, grimacing in pain.

Along with this, my diet started to gradually change as well. I began to eat mostly vegetables, with fish as my main source of protein. I never liked meat much anyway, and this aversion became even more pronounced. I cut back on rice and alcohol and began using all natural ingredients. Sweets weren’t a problem since I never much cared for them. As I said, if I don’t do anything I tend to put on the pounds. My wife’s the opposite, since she can eat as much as she likes (she doesn’t eat a lot of them, but can never turn down anything sweet), never exercise, and still not put on any weight.

I’m the kind of person who has to experience something physically, actually touch something, before I have a clear sense of it. No matter what it is, unless I see it with my own eyes I’m not convinced. I’m a physical, not intellectual, type of person. Of course I have a certain amount of intelligence—at least I think I do. If I totally lacked that there’d be no way I could write novels. But I’m not the type who operates through pure theory or logic, not the type whose energy source is intellectual speculation.

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