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Sel lived in LaSalle county for 27 years and served on the boards of Illinois Valley Community College as well as the Ottawa Elementary School Board. Ten years after her husband’s suicide, she returned to Chicago to work in the travel business and became involved in mental health issues.
Biographical and Professional Information
Sel Erder Yackley is an award-winning journalist who was born and reared in Turkey.Sel was 16 when she came from Ankara Koleji to Phoenix, Arizona as an AFS exchange student. After receiving her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, she worked for United Press International, where she met Frank, and for the Chicago Tribune. During the 1970s, while raising three children, Sel became active in local politics as well as civic and charitable organizations in central Illinois. On the boards of international groups, Sel continues to write, organize tours to Turkey, and lecture at support groups.
- Never Regret the Pain: Loving and Losing a Bipolar Spouse, Helm Publishing, 2006
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Never Regret the Pain: Loving and Losing a Bipolar Spouse
Helm Publishing. 2006
"I've learned from the experience of loving and losing a bipolar spouse that mental illness is a psychological and a physiological disorder. It can disturb a person's ability to think, feel, and relate to others and to his environment. A person with serious mental illness needs quick, accurate diagnosis and treatment with medication as well as psychotherapy. He or she cannot cure or control it through will power or a change in lifestyle. Mental illness is a chronic ailment like diabetes or multiple sclerosis and must be accepted as such without a stigma -- and it must be treated. I've learned that bipolar disorders are often triggered by a crisis such as the murder trial that preceded Frank's illness." The author combines the observational skills of a journalist, the love of a mother, and the grief of a wife in this gripping tale of what happens to a family when one member suffers from bipolar disorder. Inner guilt and torments are the center of this compelling story with lessons for all of us.
Mate E. Palmer Communications Award from the Illinois Press Women's Association for Never Regret the Pain, 2007Illinois State Sesquicentennial Award in Magazine Category for The Town George Pullman Built in the Chicago Tribune Magazine, 1968National Federation of Press Women Awards for articles written in the Chicago Tribune