About the Author Kay Reeve
I have always had determination but never knew the power of it until I endured seeing my teenage son go through the challenges of learning to live with Asperger’s Syndrome, and dealing with suicidal depression.
It was through my son's journey that I discovered my own emotional journey as a mum. I discovered emotions so powerful, I was driven and motivated to keep going no matter what happened.
To give up on my son was as unthinkable as the consequences. For many years, I just felt like I was keeping his head above water emotionally but didn’t know how to get him onto safe ground and out of depression. I was frightened for his life so many times and sad that he wasn’t living his childhood to the full.
I had also spent seven years in active voluntary first-aid duty and learned there about taking care of your own emotions at the scene of an accident. I also studied basic counselling to help understand my son’s depression and home educated him from the age of nine. At thirteen, he published his first 25,000 word novel call The Red Dragon – A New Evolution. Now I was a proud mum.
In his later teens he was suicidal again and I was working as an administrator by now. I had some incredible management and leadership teams around me, who understood that much of my own anxiety was because I cared so much about my son. They also knew they could not help him, but they did help me. Tremendously!
The simple act of recommending personal development books, or taking just two minutes to listen to me, created a massive ripple effect. These self-help books were aimed at people in business and careers but I knew there were lessons in them that could help my son too. I studied and learned, sharing little nuggets with him along the way, but it wasn’t working.
Then I realised it was because he needed something visual to learn from – and so Brain Unchained began.
It was my experience of filing and sorting, organizing and planning as a career, that helped me apply the same processes, with positive thinking, into organizing and explaining emotions.
During my years as an administrator and facilitator at the Offshore Windfarm, I also learned the skill of public speaking, and took an adult education award, inducted new staff into the company, and delivered tool-box-talks to trade and service contractors. I was well aware of the importance of good communication.
This all helped me in some way to write Brain Unchained – and keep paying it forward, in respect of those who payed forward to help us.