When The Ship Has No Stabilizers: our daughter’s tempestuous voyage through borderline personality disorder


To the casual observer, Colleen Porter appeared to have it all: good looks, keen intelligence, and a charm that could captivate to the point of bending others to her will. But beneath that polished exterior lurked a sinister and ugly enemy: a mental illness so devastating it sabotaged her life long before actually claiming it. This book, written by Colleen’s mother, relentlessly exposes the hell wrought by unchecked Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) upon both sufferers themselves and people close to those sufferers. Yet the good news is that, since Colleen’s death, far more help than ever before has become available. The work points sufferers and their families in the direction of that help so they can avert the crises endured by Colleen, her parents, and her sister. Knowledge is power! Only through challenging mental illness head-on and taking proactive measures against it do we have a hope of conquering an affliction far more prevalent in our modern society than is yet known or recognized.


Dimensions 5.5 × 1 × 8.5 cm

About Author - Fran L. Porter

Fran Porter is a retired high-school English and French teacher who lives with her retired geologist husband Andy in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is the author of “When the Ship has no Stabilizers” a book about their youngest daughter Colleen, afflicted with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). This book raised nearly $50,000, which was donated to start a treatment clinic for city BPD youth and resulted in the Porters receiving Calgary’s 2017 ‘Philanthropic Family of the Year’ award. Since then, Fran has written the Foreword for the latest “Stop Walking on Eggshells” book, one directed at parents, by U.S. author and BPD authority Randi Kreger, due for release in January 2022.



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