Writing Disability in Australia:
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In this memoir, the author describes his beginnings as a young poet and how he struggled with discrimination and mental institutions before being diagnosed with schizophrenia. He is excluded from the Melbourne poetry scene, but still considers himself as having grown up in the literary world.
In three-word sentences, the author chronicles the birth of her first child, Max, and his subsequent upbringing. Max is diagnosed with autism; after several years, the author is diagnosed with situational depression.
The author describes everyday life with Menieres'. She measures the severity of the Menieres' with the Beaufort Wind Scale.
Frank Harris is an old man with a grown son, Christopher, who has an intellectual disability. They live on the same piece of land, Christopher in a separate asbestos shed so he can be independent. He recalls the difficulties he had raising Chris. Frank is ill with what is likely lung cancer, and he has discovered he doesn't actually own his land. He tries to make arrangements for Chris' care after he dies.
The narrator, who works as a carer, has been stealing pills from their clients regularly. He is drained by the job and no longer sees the point in it as his clients seem to never improve and continue to verbally abuse him. Having stolen enough pills, he commits suicide at a lookout.