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Local Mother Publishes Book on Experience with Mental Illness and Abuse
By Robyn Patterson - Tuesday Oct 17, 2023
Local mother and pediatric nurse Rhonda Thompson shares her story of overcoming abuse and giving a voice to special needs children, like her son, in her first book titled, “The Silent Screaming.”

The book, already a #1 best seller, shares the personal story of Thompson and her son Joshua as they embark on a journey to heal from abuse and provide those with a voice. This raw and emotional book shares the challenges of mental illness, as well as how to overcome the obstacles that come with it. Rhonda also shares the challenges of raising a special needs son and how to find strength and hope in times of darkness.

In the book you will learn there is hope for those with mental illness and ongoing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition, how you can give your child a voice, guide them towards independence, and find their identity in the world.

“This is a must-read for those who face the challenges life brings for those who have experienced physical and psychological abuse or those that care for those that have experienced this,” says Therese Valadez in her recent review on the book.

Thompson knows first-hand the trauma abuse and mental illness can have on an individual, as well as a family. Throughout her journey of being Joshua's mom, she has learned how to navigate the difficulties of advocating for her child. Her goal with the book is to make the journey easier for others with what she has learned over the years.

To celebrate the recent launch, Thompson has pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds from the book sales to Raising Special Kids and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

“The Silent Screaming” is now available for purchase on Amazon in both print and eBook formats. The cost is $19.79 for hardcopy, $9.97 for paperback and $2.99 for the Kindle version. To purchase a copy of the book, visit