My Sisters Keeper
This is a poignant, real-life story of two sisters, Christine and Judy. Christine, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, wants to be independent and have “an ordinary life,” but must rely on her mother and several others for support. Judy is an art editor in New York City and is focused almost entirely on her work, to the extent that she seldom returns home to visit, despite her promises to do so.
When their mother dies, Judy becomes responsible for her sister’s care, and finds her well-ordered personal and professional worlds turned upside down. The two women struggle to find a common ground, which is difficult for both of them, but which they accomplish through love, understanding, determination, and strength.
This is a very moving, well done story with excellent acting by all the characters. Despite the differences in the lifestyles of the sisters, both are willing to compromise to find the best solution, even though it means making sacrifices, especially on Judy’s part. The love they share is beautifully portrayed. Hopefully this true story will give people a better understanding of mental illness, an awareness that being “mentally ill” doesn’t mean “crazy,” that most people with the condition can lead relatively normal lives, depending on the severity of the illness, and treatment.