How do you make a decision about when it’s best to let go of your child? Is there a mother out there who could give me any advice? I doubt it. Having Ali taught me about unconditional love, she gave me the reason to continue living
The dreaded day arrived … ‘Helen Barnacle to the front gate.’ The sound pierced my ears and my heart. I held Ali in my arms tightly and walked towards the prison gates…’Don’t cry’, I kept repeating to myself. Don’t Let Her See Me Cry. Don’t upset her. I can’t let her see me cry,’ I chanted this mantra over and over and over …I passed Ali through the prison gates to my brother, Ron …’Bye-bye, Mum,’ Ali said. ‘I love you.’ And with her little hand waving over Ron’s shoulder, they turned and walked away.
Don’t Let Her See Me Cry is the sort of bestseller that comes along only once in a lifetime. It is the gutsy, moving and inspiring true story of one woman’s remarkable journey from a hopeless young heroin addict facing a 15-year prison sentence with a newborn baby to a successful psychologist, drug counseller, prison reform campaigner, and mother and best friend to Ali – the daughter who gave her the courage and determination to survive.
Facing 15 years in prison, the longest drug-related prison term ever meted out to a woman in Victoria, Helen Barnacle discovered that she was to become a mother. It was the last thing she wanted. But this tiny helpless being gave her a new lease on life – and a reason to hope. She became the first woman allowed to keep her baby in jail beyond the age of one. But three years later she had to make the hardest decision of her life: to let her daughter go.
DON’T LET HER SEE ME CRY is the powerful and moving account of one woman’s remarkable journey – from a hopeless young heroin addict facing prison with a new baby, to a successful psychologist, drug counsellor, prison reform campaigner and, most importantly, mother and best friend to Ali, the daughter who gave her the courage and determination to survive.
Frank, forthright and beautifully told, this is a story of the power of the love between a mother and daughter, a brother and a sister and of finding home in the most unexpected places.