Stories By Peggy Carouthers

The Day I Realized I Could Never Make My Mom Grow Up

My stepdad always kept my mother’s mental illness and alcoholism under control. But after he suffered a massive stroke, everything went haywire.

How a Homeless Stint in High School Brought My Family Together

While my friends focused on school crushes and prom dates, my recently evicted family shared a bleak motel room—and finally faced how my mother’s mental illness led us there.