A big THANK YOU to Christine B. for featuring me as her “Reader of the Month!” Christine allowed me to tell my story in an article on her blog “Project Light to Life.”
When I started writing what eventually became Turning This Thing Around, I had no plans of ever publishing it. I was writing for myself, for my own sanity. I was in the midst of a relationship with a young woman who was suffering terribly with bipolar depression. She was adamant that no one know what was going on.
I found myself slipping away quite a bit myself and I knew I couldn’t keep everything bottled up inside. Not wanting to betray her trust and talk to anyone about it, I started writing. It was my therapy, before I actually sought out a professional therapist.
Looking back, I believe therapy, meditation and writing saved me. Despite these coping tools, I was dangerously close to a complete nervous breakdown. Very early on, the story seemed to write itself. It quickly became evident to me that others might benefit from what I was writing. I felt people could relate to at least some of what I was going through: heartbreak, depression, chronic pain, frustration…
What started as a very personal diary evolved into something I want to share with others. I have gotten so many replies from people that relate and share their own stories with me; it’s inspiring! We’re all in this together!!