For Anne of Green Gables fans

I found this articlethis morning as a link off of a friend’s blog. I’m sure our Canadian members have already heard about it, but it’s an article published this past weekend by L.M. Montgomery’s granddaughter speaking about her grandmother’s death.

I found it interesting, and also found this responsewritten by a lady who is getting ready to publish a biography of L.M. Montgomery.

L.M. Montgomery has been one of my favorite authors since I was a child, and I’ve read all of her books more times than I can count. Canadian members, if this is old news or if I’ve left out something important, please let me know.

I hope everybody has a lovely day. :hug:

I love Anne of Green Gables too. When I was growing up we actually spent summers in Prince Edward Island where my dad taught photography, so I’ve always felt a special connection to everything “Anne” (not to mention my name is Ann).

This is definitely new news and it’s very sad. I don’t know what to believe, but either way it is a tragic story. Anyone who has suffered from depression knows how debilitating it can be. It also strikes a cord because my grandma tried to kill herself with pills in May. She is 82 and very ill with Alzheimer’s, so she didn’t really understand what she was doing.

I don’t know if I care to find out the “truth” about what happened to L.M. Montgomery and I don’t know that people should sit around and speculate. Even though her death was in 1942, I still think it’s a private matter that involves her family only.

I love Ann. I love PEI. To know that the author of such wonderful stories was in her own private hell is interesting becasue no one talks about mental illness so this is a good way to open the conversation. We don’t have to go into details about her private life but its admirable of her granddaughter to get the conversation going.

It is almost beyond my comprehension how someone who reportedly suffered such a debilitating illness could have been such a prolific author. Yet, I am fully aware how depression and mental illness can affect a life and a family. My grandfather, my mother, myself, more than half of my siblings, every one of my 4 children, and more than half of my grandchildren all suffer some form of “mental illness,” to varying degrees. Most of the sufferers within my family have had productive lives in spite of this. This is largely because the stigma of mental illness is still quite profound and we must do all we can to keep the true nature of our condition hidden. So, if we can function at all, we do! (albeit several are medicated)

It is difficult to explain to others what it feels like to always be sad, lonely, depressed, anxious, feel worthless, etc., because “normal, healthy people” don’t feel like that. But it is normal for us to feel that way! Many sufferers don’t know they are ill because this state is the only way of life they have ever known. I’d say that is the case in my family. It is likely the case for Ms Montgomery as well. Her defenders/protectors likely were never aware of the true depths of her dispair because she kept it hidden or thought it was “normal” for her.

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