Painful as was this journey, I knew I needed to write this book. Many details were either obliterated by the trauma of some dark days, or I just could not bring myself to delve deeply enough to bring them up. However, I welcome any opportunity to dialogue with and to answer questions from individuals or interested groups, small or large. In an effort to protect the privacy of my daughter, all names - including my own - have been changed. In addition, the names of some locations have been changed. Even though the general public has come a long way in understanding mental illness since the events that took place in this book have occurred, there are still many people who cannot differentiate between deliberate sinful actions and involuntary sick behavior. It is my desire to help shocked and concerned loved ones be able to separate the person from the sickness. And finally, I wish to convey through the writing of this book that "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it." Song of Solomon 8:7.