4 thoughts on “My film, Benevolent Neglect, Is Ready for Viewing

  1. Lois Loofbourrow September 5, 2020 / 4:27 pm

    Mike, God Bless You. God Bless You. I cried. I sob. So Authentic! Your mom was 1 year older than me.
    My son’s schizophrenic break was in 2013, as he finished law school in SF. Wes is now 37, brilliant, high functioning, has insight & lives with me. Six years he was med compliant- judging speech & debate @ different universities. But the past year he entered the dark world of heroine & meth, as I battled cancer treatments.
    Last week I filed/ received a restraining order. He checked himself into a mental health facility, because he didn’t want to be homeless. Doctors were correct in their assessment: 6-9 months of rehab/treatment. Yesterday the doctors released him with plenty of meds & he was Ubered to “The Lord’s House” for rehab for at least 6-9 months. Our family knows Pastor Bev Carrillo who runs it. My neighbor of 30 years, a 2nd Mom, later served him the papers. We all want Wes to heal & get well. It broke my heart, but he needs to know he can’t come back home. I know he’s in a safe place & all I can do is pray. God Blessed you. Lois Loofbourrow

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    • mikegaeta September 13, 2020 / 10:46 pm

      Thank you, Lois, for your kind words, empathy and support. I made the film for not only my family, but families like mine who are struggling trying to get help for their loved ones. I’m so sorry to hear about your son. Seeing someone transform from the person they once were is incredibly traumatic. Only those of us who have seen it, firsthand, will know. I’m glad to hear, though , that he is getting some much needed help and support. One thing I learned is that all you can do is do what you think is right for him, or in his best interest, and love him no matter what, even when it feels unrequited and rejection. I wish I was better at that myself when my mama was still alive. Blessings to you and your family.

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  2. Rose Boerner September 29, 2020 / 10:46 am

    Great documentary film. I highly recommend watching it.

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