Love Hard: The Triumphant Story of a Mother’s Roller Coaster Ride of Loving and Parenting a Child with Mental Health Struggles is a beacon of light for any parent grappling with the unique complexities of raising a child facing mental health issues. In her highly anticipated book, Love Hard, author Deb Mueller delivers a poignant memoir chronicling a mother’s resilient journey through the roller coaster of loving and parenting a child with mental health struggles.
Deb’s insightful account not only offers hope and validation to other exhausted moms, but perhaps more importantly, it offers proof that mental illness does not have to define, limit, or destroy a person. That it can instead be just one piece of a person’s beautiful, strong, capable, accomplished, and multifaceted self. That there’s beauty in being perfectly imperfect.
Love Hard is a moving and informative book which tells about the struggles of a family with a child who is difficult and gives hope to those who may have a child with “problems”. It offers a raw look at the realities of mental illness, but more importantly offers hope for a better future. It is a quick read that offers suggestions and helpful tips without trying to come across as all-knowing. As a mom, this book is a wonderful reminder that you are not alone in your struggles and that even though it is darkest before the dawn, the dawn will eventually come.
Deb and Mia’s story is so full of honesty, reflection, words of wisdom, and – of course- love. The way Deb tells their story is encouraging and supportive for all moms who have known the challenges of motherhood.
Deb’s writing is clear, honest, and easy to consume. She doesn’t blame others, she accepts her situation and finds ways to cope, to heal, and to help. She’s a great mom, and her daughter has so much to be proud of for sharing her story.