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Putting The Pieces Together

Hour 2:  In 2002, David Stuart MacLean woke up on a trip to India to the realization he had no idea who he was or why he was there. What followed was a years-long attempt to regain his identity in a world in which identity itself is fluid. We’ll talk to him this hour about his journey, which he details in his book, The Answer to the Riddle is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

  • Kay Merkel Boruff

    David said: you talk about the horror in hopes of controlling it. I say, I had a
    nervous breakdown in college and then I lived in Viet-Nam 68-70 and my husband
    was an Air America pilot killed flying in Laos 18 Feb 70 and I returned to Dallas,
    a widow with PTSD—like a mantra, wrapped up in a neat, dumpling, over and over,
    to anyone, online or in person, thinking if I tell my little secret, I’ll control it. It won’t control me. But David, you’re right. It comes back. It controls me. I thank you for helping me articulate the idea of control. I volunteer at the Veterans Recovery Center teaching creative writing. It’s helpful to me and to the vets in the program. Your idea of the drug for malaria mimicking PTSD symptoms is interesting.

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