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‘I Was Told I Was A Lifer’: One Woman’s Story Of Mental Illness, Recovery, And Doing Her Own Dishes

Amanda Farrell always wanted to get married and become a mom. But for a while, it looked like her mental health struggles might stand in the way of her dreams. 

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At StoryCorps, Amanda told her husband Craig about how she lost — and ultimately regained — control of her mental health.

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Top photo: Craig and Amanda Farrell in September 2017. Courtesy of the Farrell family. 
Middle photo: Craig and Amanda Farrell with their daughter Elorah in July 2019. Courtesy of the Farrell family.
Bottom photo: Amanda Farrell and Craig Farrell at their StoryCorps interview in Appleton, WI in July 2019. By Sylvie Lubow for StoryCorps.

Originally aired August 2, 2019, on NPR’s Morning Edition.