Life isn't always how it appears, especially inside a home nestled on Hidden Valley Road. Margaret Galvin Johnson grew up in an American family with twelve children. Six of them being diagnosed with Schizophrenia. Behind the illusion of perfection, good looks, and athleticism hid a secret. A secret that would later become medical's greatest hope for understanding Schizophrenia.
Hidden Valley Road is a true story of rejection, pain, trauma, abandonment, neglect, and physical and sexual abuse. However, hidden within the chaos of mental illness lies another story—a story of a girl who grew to be a courageous woman. In today's episode, the spotlight is shined on how Margaret Galvin Johnson navigated her way through years of trauma to a place of self-compassion.
Margaret Galvin Johnson is a multi-passionate artist who has spent the last twenty years writing her family story (now known as Hidden Valley Road). A story of shame, denial, secrecy, abuse, mental illness, and resilience. Margaret's family story, which was later handed off to author Robert Kolker, has since become a New York Times bestseller and Oprah's 84th book club pick.
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