"Addiction is a family disease and it will take a change of a whole family to turn it around. A poignant story of sibling love, the ability to change and the impact family structure has on recovery"
-Dr. Frank Lawlis, Author of Not My Child, Chairman of the Dr. Phil Advisory Board and Co-founder of the Lawlis Peavey PNP Center
I am CEO of Seriously Shea. I am also a Sister. Wife. Mom. Friend. Neighbor. I am just like you. Life can be beautiful and magnificent but at times, extremely challenging. At the time I was writing and ultimately publishing my memoir I thought it was a love story through alcoholism with my younger brother. I have learned so much on this journey and know now it is so much more- complicated family dynamics including heredity, co-dependency, denial, enabling, shame, blame, scapegoating and very much about the affects of unresolved childhood trauma.
I hope, from the bottom of my heart, that if you see yourself in any of these pages you know that you are not alone. Alone. It is what I felt for so long. It is how I believe my brother felt.
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"A deeply intimate and moving story of trauma, loss, addiction, tragedy and the possibility of redemption."
-Gabor Mate M.D. Author, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
"As with any unhealthy family the one who gets blamed and scapegoated is almost always the healthiest member. Brave, enlightening and profoundly important."
-Susan Forward, Ph.D. Author of Toxic Parents and Emotional Blackmail
"Dear Jodee, When I received your book I said I would just read a couple pages, well I couldn't put it down. You did such a good job taking us along on your journey. I also know it must have been very painful. Thank you so much for thinking of me and sharing."
-Always with love, Paula Deen Television personality and cooking show host
"I had the honor of reading and reviewing this memoir of a daughter who was moved in recovery in my book then wrote her own story. This book is worth the read! Having experienced true narcissists in your life is a lonely experience with tons of loss and trauma. Let's stay together in recovery and keep at it. Every day is a new day to continue growth and learning."
-Dr. Karyl McBride Ph.D. Author, Will I Ever Be Good Enough?
"The Sun is Gone is to remind oneself that no one is alone on this heart-wrenching journey. Jodee illuminates early childhood patterns that poison adult dynamics, and shows how much dammage can be caused by mistaking enabling for caring."
-Kim Barthel, Occupational Therapist specializing in Mental Health and Trauma. Co-author of Conversations with a Rattlesnake with Theo Fleury
"A courageous and unflinching portrait of a sister's journey to help her brother and ultimately herself. The Sun is Gone highlights the need to take personal responsibility for our choices, mistakes, and the learning process that is inherent in making real changes in your life."
-Carrie Wilkens Ph.D., Co-author Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change