A Mental Health Crisis, a Shot in the Eye, the Swine Flu, and a New Jaguar All in One Day

Making sense out of a Mom’s insanity.

Lisa S. Gerard
7 min readJan 16, 2022


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It was 24 hours of heart-racing hell.

I thought the entire year, of 2018, was rough for me.

Actually, it was horrible.

Looking back, I had gained custody of my grandson, divorced, spent 10 hours with the FBI, and was asked to donate my kidney.

I wondered how I survived and eluded my own mental breakdown.

And then it hit me.

My preparation to survive 2018 came in 2009 when a series of tragedies were condensed in 24 hours.

It started out as a regular day for us. Our family of 5 did the morning hustle and bustle as we readied for work and school.

My husband at the time was excited to purchase his dream car that day. Other than that, all seemed run-of-the-mill.

The Opening to the Gates of Hell

The junior high school called around 11 a.m. My middle child was having a difficult time with her mental health.



Lisa S. Gerard

Just doing my thing, letting you do yours. Be kind. It matters. Help break Mental Health stigma. Share a smile.