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Valuable Lessons Learned from Years Spent with a Mentally Ill Brother

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Rosalie Contino shares inspirational stories of her years with her dear brother

Mental illness has been stigmatized for a long time now. 

In Rosalie Contino’s new book, “As Life Goes On: Lessons One Doesn’t Want to Have to Learn,” the author reveals a true story of how a so-called stigma rewarded precious memories in return.

Bob was suffering from schizophrenia. 

And with deceased parents, Bob had no loved ones to care for him in a way a family member would. 

So Rosalie, having made a firm promise, looked after Bob with loving concern in his last months. Their experiences—tales of impatience, humor, love, and a lifetime’s worth of lessons—are treasures Rosalie keeps.
“The book allows readers to view mental disorders from a more understanding perspective. Bob was quite a character. There were times I wanted to give up completely, but I learned to appreciate him in a way I never had,” the author said. 
With words that will move readers to laughter and tears, this book is a gem.

To know more about Rosalie Contino and her books, take the time to visit her website at

“As Life Goes On: Lessons One Doesn’t Want to Have to Learn”
Written by Rosalie H. Contino, Ph.D.
Kindle| $2.99
Paperback | $7.49
Hardcover | $24.99
Book copies are available at,, and other online book retailers.

About the Author
Dr. Rosalie H. Contino, PhD also has a degree in elementary education and an MA in educational theater. She’s had experience in costume design and costume consultancy. She occasionally works as a production lecturer. She resides in Brooklyn, New York, and has two other books.

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