The Bold and the Beautiful’s Staying star John McCook (Eric Forrester) took to Instagram to share how proud he is of his son, Jake, and his wife, Laurette.
Diagnosed with and living with schizophrenia, Jake wrote a book with his mother called Schizophrenia rocks available for pre-order at www.JakeMcCook.com.
According to the book logins, “JAke was hospitalized in her 30s for anxiety, depression and paranoia. He was later diagnosed with schizophrenia. Jake designed it (the book) with short alternating chapters between mother and son written in a larger font for simplicity and clarity. Jake’s worst paranoid thoughts came to mind while creating it. He overcame this by writing some chapters in a freeform style, letting you experience what was going through his head with remarkable insight and humor. Laurette reinforces these thoughts by shedding light on the logic wrapped in maternal wisdom, as if it could keep her son from falling into the abyss. Together they paint a picture of today’s mental health challenges seen through murky glass and shades of grey, and yet Schizophrenia rocks r:presents a story of resilience and hope for a better life. If you are affected by this brain disease or are a loving caregiver, you should keep this book by your bedside during those days when you long for normalcy. You are not alone.”
In his heartfelt video message Instagram, John McCook began with: “I want to tell you about a book my wife and son wrote. My son, Jake, has schizophrenia. He and my wife, Lorette, wanted to write a book to help people understand what it means to help each other and be understanding in a family.”
John explained a little more about the perception of schizophrenia. “When Jake was first diagnosed with schizophrenia, it was actually as alarming for Lorette and me as I think it would be for anyone. There is a stigma attached to the words “schizophrenia” and there is a very wide spectrum of what schizophrenia means or represents. Fortunately for us and Jake, he’s not in a radical place with it. It’s an area that can be managed, and then we immediately thought, ‘we’re going to do this.’
Besides, as he continued, John gave Lorette so much authority; we went to the doctors. Some of them were really helpful and some were not. So Laurette, and I give her all the credit for this, Laurette has taken charge of how we’re going to deal with this as a family. Lorette has been not only Jake’s collaborator but his champion over the years. More than that, she was a mom… the best mom she could ever have. When they decided they wanted to write a book together, I thought. “Well, that’s good.” I was impressed that they wanted to do it and that Jake wanted to do it too. It took them months and months and months to put this together and I purposely didn’t want to read it.”
As a very proud father and husband, John ended his video by saying: “I hadn’t read the book until recently. I was more than impressed, I was so proud of their accomplishments and what they did, and I was so proud of what I think the book offers to people who are interested in this, or who are going through this with their families. It is a useful book, wonderfully educational, and therefore I am very proud to recommend it.”
You can check out John’s touching video message Schizophrenia rocks below.
Now let us know what you think about John, Laurette and Jake sharing their family struggles and how they hope Jake and Laurette’s experiences shared in their new book will help other families dealing with are with similar mental health diagnoses. Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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