My mother was diagnosed with a mental illness when I was in middle school during the early ’80s. Being a young caregiver for a loved one with mental illness involved struggles no child should ever have to endure. Her health challenges presented phases of unbearable beatings, heartbreaking and unloving words, unexplainable pain, feelings of exhaustion, periods of confusion, despair and hopelessness.
Rhonda Lee wrote this article to help give hope and inspiration to families affected by mental health illness. Rhonda is a NAMI New Orleans volunteer and board member who shared her story, which was posted on the @NAMICommunicate Blog. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of families affected by mental health illnesses through education, support services, advocacy and research.
On the Basis of Sex: Where will the first step take you?
Earlier this year, I attended a screening of On the Basis Sex hosted by the Women in the Profession committee. The film depicted young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she navigated both family life and career, and one of her many groundbreaking challenges to gender discrimination before the United States Supreme Court. In recent years, Justice Ginsburg, the second of only four women to be confirmed to the United States Supreme Court, has become a pop culture icon known for her fiery liberal dissents. Justice Ginsburg has even gained the moniker “the Notorious RBG,” a nod to the rapper The Notorious B.I.G. with whom she shares humble Brooklyn beginnings.
Kristen Lee is a graduate of Loyola University, holding Political Science and Law degrees. She is currently a Judicial Law Clerk in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal and the winner of numerous academic awards. Kristen is the daughter of Calvin and Karen Lee.