True stories. Category

February 25, 2018

My big brother, remembered.

Written by Adam’s younger sister, Michelle. I was around 10 years old when Adam first came into my life. With such a big age difference, we didn’t have much in common but I was always so curious about him. He was his own person, he beat to his own drum and he didn’t care what anyone thought. He told it like it was and it was never meant to hurt you, he was just real.…

Adam Perez
June 1, 2017

VIDEO POST: Great sorrow stimulates action that forges change.

This video was played for Adam’s memorial service.

Adam Perez
May 1, 2017

The first five years and a long descent.

During the initial first five years of his mental illness, while we were going back and forth to our therapist, while he was being prescribed a litany of medications from zoloft to trazadone, lithium, depakote, paxil, prozac – Adam was regularly smoking pot. Now, I can’t say for sure that it interacted with his medication – but, I can’t say for sure that it didn’t. Regardless, things didn’t get much better. He attended an alternative…

A mother's story.
April 1, 2017

A mother’s story: Adam.

In early 1994 Adam was a noticeably different 11 year old – usually an extraordinary student, mature, responsible, gave way to a reckless attitude – angry, oppositional, a little scary for those of us living with him who were not accustomed to this personality. I sought assistance from the pediatrician who suggested that hormones were playing a part. That was it. We were sent home without an answer, and the outbursts continued – accompanying them…

How did we get here?
March 1, 2017


As I stood in the hospital room, feeling like I was in a dream, the running thought was, “How did we get here?” I remember whispering it over and over. As I watched my son’s chest rise and fall, painfully aware that the motion was not being done by him, but by a machine. The reality of a drug overdose. A neurologist saying that 96% of his brain was not functioning, and that they would…