Like thousands of fans, I was saddened by the news of Robin Williams death.
I have a great deal of personal experience with mental illness, depression and suicide. It's ugly and sad and difficult and it's hurts cast a very wide net.
When my dear friend killed himself in 1985, I just wanted answers. I still would like to know the whys. I've written so often about this piece, this puzzle that influences the filter I see life through.
Over the years I have taken on the role of helper, saver, prop up queen, mother, bailer out of jail. I am often characterized as a "giving" person, but in reality, I am a selfish person that is on a very long damage control battle.