My Son, Homeless

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About Gabi Coatsworth

Gabi Coatsworth is a British-born writer who has spent half her life living in the United States. She lives in New Hampshire and Connecticut, with her husband, three sons, and a dog. The dog is sane.


  1. elaine breakstone says:

    I felt this message. And hope for a positive outcome. love, lainey b

  2. Geraldine Aldridge says:

    What a dreadful situation, Gabi. You must have needed to be very strong to keep going with this. It’s wonderful that you have the skill to write about it. It will be a reassurance to others in the same situation as well as informing people who know nothing about bipolar.

  3. What a poignant and honest piece. Thank you for your courage, Gabi. Good luck to you and to Jason.

  4. What an affecting piece about the rough choices that need to be made around mental illness. The strongest thread running through this essay is your profound love. It’s beautiful.

  5. I was very moved by this story. Its virtue lies in the straight forward and honest voice of the narrator, in this case Jason’s mother. What a tough decision. What a brave story. What a courageous mother.I wish Ms Coatesworth and her family healing and peace.

  6. This series by Gabi Coatsworth is so moving and honest and real. She has captured so well a mother’s mix of hope against hope, followed by despair, that comes from the realization that her beloved child suffers so. It’s heartbreaking to read…and yet uplifting, too, as we see her love written out on the page. Thank you for writing this and helping us to understand, too.

  7. Such bravery in these words. Heartbreaking, yet strong. Thank you for sharing.

  8. A veery wise Viennese old lady who practiced psychiatry until she was 90 once said to me, “If you don’t learn the lesson you have to repeat the grade.” Gabi has advanced to post doctoral “Life.”

    Gabi could become bitter, could become a martyr, could be become a breast beating mother who tells you this harrowing tale with an “I suffer” tone. But no, she has chosen to write this out of love for her family, for her son. And most generously for those of us who are easily swept into the vortex of the often charismatic bi-polars, Gabi provides insight. She’s one tough broad with a huge loving mother’s heart and a firm grasp on tragic reality and how to help all involved move forward. .

  9. I love the way you write these stories. Your honesty is overwhelming. And your focus so self-less, yet reasonable. I work in a men’s shelter once a month and I am familiar with the environment and the men we serve. I will hold you and your son in my thoughts. You are such a strong, smart, caring woman. And I look forward to reading more. Thank you.

  10. How difficult your life with Jason must be! I hope that your describing the situation helps others who face similar challenges.

  11. Kath Moon says:

    The majority of us have absolutely no idea what bi-polarism can do to the sufferer and their families, so thank you for sharing your story. Stay strong Gabi, you are one hell of a person.

  12. This has been an amazing series and I am looking forward to the next installment. I have forwarded these articles to several friends who have delt with bi-polarism in their own families. I know Gabis’ personal descriptions will be helpful in supporting these friends. Thank you Gabi for your honestly and compelling writing skills! Jude Ryan

  13. I am bipolar and find this post horrifying. If you can’t count on your mother who can you count on?

    • I’m sorry. I have no right to judge you and the decisions you have had to make for your family.

      I tried to remove my post but can’t figure out how. My apologies. Being the loved one of somebody who is bipolar can be nearly impossible. I had an adverse reaction, at first, because there have been many times in my life, my bipolar life. the only person I had left was my mother. Without her, it is frightening to imagine what my life would be like today.

      Every situation is as different as how the illness effects the person and their family.
      Please forgive my judgment. If there is only one thing I know – it’s how difficult it is to be bipolar or have a bipolar individual in your life. Especially as intimately as a son.

      It is very ironic that I posted this because the judgment of the illness and what we have to do about it is one of the things I am hoping to lesson with my blog.

      I posted my comment, hastily, without listening to what you were really saying, but instead by a feeling you provoked in my gut. That means you have written the raw honesty that is necessary when dealing with a mental illness like bipolar disorder. You have effectively expressed some of the horrifying decisions we have to make when effected by an individual who is bipolar. Thank you for your post.

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