Throughout her 40-year career, Dr. Tyra Manning dreamed of bringing hope to people struggling with mental illness. That dream is becoming a reality with the publication of "Where the Water Meets the Sand," which describes the devastation of losing a loved one, the time Dr. Manning spent in a psychiatric hospital, and the love and support that enabled her perseverance through the darkest of times.Those who knew her as a successful schoolteacher and administrator are surprised to learn of her early battle with addictions and clinical depression, trials she faced both before and after her husband was killed in Vietnam.
"I realized as a teenager that my other friends didn't drink like I did-alone and on weekdays. I often took beer and sat near my father's grave on a bench engraved with our last name, Decker. I went there to talk with Daddy. I kept my talks with him a secret from everyone else. I knew my drinking was out of control, but, as a teenager, I didn't know what to do about it nor did I understand the impact on my life. I didn't want to give it up. It kept me from feeling the overwhelming sadness. Later, binging and purging and cutting fulfilled the same need."