Fran Szabo, 61, of Bethlehem, Pa., is one of those moms who speak glowingly
about her kids without sounding like she’s trying to one-up other mothers. All
three are successful in their careers and personal lives.
But the road to this happiness, Fran acknowledges, was bumpy for her,
husband Paul, and sons Thad, 36, Vance, 32, and Ross, 29. Ross and Thad were
both diagnosed with bipolar disorder so severe they required psychiatric
hospitalizations. For years after that, Thad was estranged from...