Phoenix family finds its story in 'I am Adam Lanza's mother' blog post

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by Marie Saavedra

azfamily.com

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 18 at 6:40 PM

PHOENIX -- Monday night, the woman whose blog post about her son captured the Internet in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings spoke to CNN about her powerful post.

"I have a sick son, and we need help," she said. "That's what that blog post was about. It was a cry for help."

She wrote of sympathizing with the gunman's mother, knowing how a sweet boy can turn threatening and violent. The post reads, "I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son, but he terrifies me."

For Scott Gormley of Phoenix, every word rang true.

"It really hit home for me because you could just insert different circumstances but it is so very true," he said.

"Unfortunately, I got involved in mental Illness over three years ago when my son had his first psychotic break," Gormley said. "Our family went through the trauma and the steep learning curve trying to figure out what it's all about."

He and his family have watched discussion on mental illness grow since the school tragedy and then as the blog post spread. He warns that we don't yet know enough about the shooter's mentality or his mother.

"That's really the biggest tragedy of all, people judging this mother and we don't even know the story yet," Gormley said.

He says we could learn that Nancy Lanza might have been doing what he, the blogger and many other parents are doing; tirelessly working to protect their child, and others as they look for something that will help during breakdowns beyond emergency rooms or jails.

"It's the days and weeks of the psychosis that continues to develop and it finally reaches that point where you're just afraid, and that really brings us to this level of danger to self and others," Gormley said.

So he praises the bravery of the blogger, and every person who shared it across the web. The hope is the many who read it will join their cry for help, for money, for the mentally ill

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