A Poem: In Memorial

By Mary Palnau

I see these boulders and memories start flowing. 

Losing four brothers over the last 35 years has formed deep curves on my river of life. 

Remembering their battles with mental health and how it shortened their lives.

Brewing with a desire to help other families find the support and resources they need.

The system can still be difficult to navigate. 

Keep paddling.

Mary Palnau is a long-time volunteer for NAMI of Washtenaw County. She also volunteers with the Cancer Support Community of Ann Arbor, Al-Anon, and First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor. She retired in 2017 after working for 43 years in administrative positions at the University of Michigan.

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