Welcome! This is the home page for Sherry M. Joiner, painter and author of the memoir Sherry Goes Sane: Living a Life with Schizo- Affective Disorder. Her mental condition of Schizoaffective Disorder involves two major mental illnesses: Bipolar Disorder and Paranoid Schizophrenia.
Sherry is the first woman pioneer of Portland, Oregon, to write and publish a memoir on Schizoaffective Disorder. She is filmed in a documentary about her book Sherry Goes Sane, and the mental condition of schizoaffective disorder. Below is a link to the documentary.
AK LEARNING DOCUMENTARY- SCHIZOAFFECTIVE DISORDER- WITH SHERRY JOINER AND DR. WARD T. SMITH-PSYCHIATRIST, Produced by PROFESSOR ART KOHN for CENGAGE, a College Textbook Publisher WATCH HERE-
WATCH SHERRY LIVE!- PREVIEW OF SHERRY M. JOINER’S PRESENTATION TO THE HUMANISTS OF GREATER PORTLAND, NOV. 29, 2015, ON VIMEO.
KBOO COMMUNITY RADIO, Disability Awareness : “SHERRY GOES SANE.” A ‘Live’ interview by Grace Reed with Sherry M. Joiner. 7/27/2015
Disability Awareness on 07/27/15
Sherry was recently interviewed by bestselling mental health author Julie A. Fast for the Bp (Bipolar) Magazine blog. Click here to read more.
Inside Mental Health Care: “Sherry Goes Sane” A Radio Interview with Sherry Joiner.
Interviewed by Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren. Click HERE to listen to Sherry talk about schizo-affective disorder.
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Sherry M. Joiner’s interview with Ann Kasper, of Portland Community Media’s TV show, Advocate for Wellness
The video interview is approximately 30 minutes long.
A Newspaper Interview with Sherry
The Clackamas Review has an interview with Sherry M. Joiner where she talks about Sherry Goes Sane and what it’s like to be a writer with the mental health disorder of bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder.
Sherry will be reading and talking about bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder in her book Sherry Goes Sane:
- Sunday, April 21 – Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, OR
Sherry’s Book and her painting of the Waiter will be in North Star’s live Benefit Auction called Lighting the path to Mental Health Recovery, 615 SE Alder, Portland, Oregon, Melody Ballroom at 6 pm. April 10th, 2014.
Sherry’s notecards of her paintings will be in North Star’s Together We Thrive 4th Annual Benefit Auction- supporting Mental Health Recovery and North Star Clubhouse, 615 SE Alder, Portland, Oregon, Melody Ballroom at 5:30 pm, April 23, 2015.
For more information, see Author Readings and Events
Update: Thanks to everyone who came to my reading in Ashland. It was a great experience! Check back with me for future dates.
Sherry Goes Sane: Living A Life With Schizo-Affective Disorder is available through all major book retailers. Here is a link to read more about Sherry Goes Sane on Amazon.com.
A former high school cheerleader, Sherry M. Joiner has been dealt her share of misfortune in life. In addition to childhood abuse at the hands of her alcoholic parents, she has also faced the suicide of her mother and watched her brother slowly die of AIDS. Then, for decades, she has also suffered from schizoaffective disorder, characterized by stressful and distorted thoughts, and has been through the associated suicide attempts and hospitalizations.
Sherry Goes Sane is her story, told from her point of view and written with vivid honesty. The candid memoir follows Sherry through the most traumatic moments of her life, as well as the most triumphant. In addition to painting a picture of the harrowing struggles faced by those with schizoaffective disorder, she also depicts years of working with her psychiatrist, Dr. Smith, as she heals from her childhood wounds and works toward living a normal life, with the help of therapy and prescribed medication.
More than simply informational, this powerful memoir is also meant to inspire. In her story, Sherry shares many of the quotes, song lyrics, and philosophies that have helped her in her healing process over the years, in hopes that other individuals who suffer from schizoaffective disorder or other mental illnesses might find them equally helpful. She serves as a positive example of someone who has overcome great odds to live a fulfilling, happy, and overall stable life, even when her mental illness threatened to hold her back forever.
The book is available as a trade paperback and as a Kindle ebook.