Mary’s Story: A Moment of Madness?


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By Lynne Garnham-King

ISBN: 978-1-84747-843-6
Published: 2009
Pages: 48
Key Themes: psychosis, mental health problems, empowerment


The book is Mary’s story. It is a true story. It is about a psychotic experience with a supernatural twist! I had the good fortune to meet Mary during my role as a counselor. Mary claimed that she had been hearing voices for several months. It was only when the voices had stopped and Mary had regained some of her equilibrium that she came to counselling to try to make some sense of the episode. Mary had been a counsellor herself and believed that counseling could help her with her problem.

Mary’s was not a straightforward case as you will discover when you read her story. Mary claimed that before the voices had appeared she had been having supernatural experiences. In fact, Mary claimed to have proof of what had happened to her as she had recorded some of her encounters with the spirit world on her tape recorder. Indeed I can bear witness to the voices recorded on the tape recorder, as can other health care workers.

The following is Mary’s story told in her own words as she searches for answers as to what happened to her. Come with me into Mary’s strangely fascinating world and decide for yourself if you believe whether Mary did have an encounter with the spirit world. Or if you believe it was something else, perhaps an episode of madness brought on by the death of her father. Read on and decide for yourself!

About the Author

Lynne was born in 1955. She was brought up in a loving family and has one sister. From her mid-twenties she suffered from anxiety and panic attacks. By her mid-thirties Lynne had become agoraphobic and was house bound. Battling agoraphobia and dealing with a protracted drug withdrawal programme from benzodiazepines took up the next ten years of her life during which time Lynne suffered a breakdown and was very ill. She was diagnosed with M.E in 1998. Married twice, Lynne feels that health problems were responsible for her two divorces.
Further health problems ensued including being diagnosed as coeliac and having a serious vertigo problem. She trained to be a counsellor to put her vast experiences to some use in a positive way by helping others.

Book Extract

My name is Mary. I had a truly strange experience where for a while I was completely engrossed in a world of utter madness. I am going to tell you about a journey that led me through a doorway into a world dominated by God, Jesus, angels, spirits and demons.

I begin by writing a little about events that helped shape my life making me who I am today. I have included some of the major events in my life that have some bearing on what I am going to write about. The events I have chosen will try to show that even from an early age I was a very sensitive person who had a very strong bond with my parents.

Perhaps even here I was already holding one of the keys to opening the door to psychosis, if indeed that was what it was.

In the second chapter I write about the grief over the loss of my father and my experiences with the spirit world, maybe another key to unlocking the door to my strange experience.

The following chapters relate the madness and horror of what it was like to live in two worlds at the same time, the every day world and the world of madness. Come take my hand and walk with me into my world if you dare!


I was born in 1955. One of my earliest memories was the birth of my sister. Even though I was barely three years old I still remember parts of this event. While mum was in hospital having my sister, apparently I stayed with my maternal grandparents although I have no memory of this. I seemed to have blocked that episode out of my mind. As I was growing up I thought I had stayed with dad’s relatives while mum was in hospital. My paternal grandfather had died just before I was born. My strong memories are of my paternal grandmother and the house she lived in with my uncle.

My uncle took a lot of photographs of me at this time and on all the photographs I look miserable and lonely. I remember my dad’s mother looking after me whilst mum was in hospital having my sister. There were complications, so mum was in hospital longer than normal for the birth of a child.

In my three year old mind I had no idea what was happening and why my mother was suddenly not in my life. Pregnancy was not discussed in those days, and I do not remember anyone telling me that I was soon to have a little sister and that mum would be coming back. I fretted terribly.

One day I was in the colliery yard of the house belonging to my grandmother. I had been brushing the yard with a sweeping brush. I recall my father coming to visit me. Dad and his mother were standing on the back doorstep. I remember my grandmother saying, “Son, there is something wrong with that bairn. She’s been talking to that brush all day.” Dad replied, “She’s all right mother, she’s just lonely that’s all”.

Maybe the birth of my sister and having to stay with my grandparents had an effect on me while I was growing up. Every time I was asked to stay at a friend’s house I felt dreadfully homesick and had to come home. It was the same if I tried to stay at my maternal grandparent’s home. I usually lasted a couple of hours and then had to come home as I was homesick.

It was when I was eleven that I experienced what was to be a life-changing event for me in later life. I was standing in a neighbour’s house listening to her talking when suddenly I felt very hot and dizzy. The neighbour’s voice was becoming distant and far away. The room started to drift away and I started to fall. I knew no more until I woke up on the floor with blood in my mouth and on my face. When I had fallen I had hit my face on the corner of the neighbour’s sideboard. My glasses had dug into my head and my mouth was cut. I was very frightened. Mum arrived and I was taken home. Mum said that I had fainted. Over the next few months I was afraid to go too far away from home, or from the safety of my parents, just in case it happened again. Eventually as time went on I grew out of this fear and left it far behind.


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