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It's Not Your Journey Paperback – August 5, 2015
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From the Author
This book is about my journey with Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Self-Injury, and more. It's important to remember that we all travel this path in a different way. Just because it happened a certain way for you, does not mean it must happen that way for me. This book is not a text book and I am not a professional. I am an advocate that hopes her story can help those going through similar struggles. I'm asking that you respect that I was in a very difficult situation, and in a lot of pain when these pages were written. I may not have always made the right decisions, or the decisions you would have made. But, I did what I had to for me at that time. All I ask is that you please have some respect for my journey.
About the Author
At 44 years of age and happily married for 15 years, Rebecca can finally say that she is on her way to reaching her dream. Not only does she hope to help people that are struggling with depression, she hopes to help them realize that you are never too old to find your voice, and make your dream happen
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Though we are different individuals we still deal with similar hurts and feelings from our mental illness. I, too, have been diagnosed with a plethora of disorders including Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, Bulimia and most dauntingly.to me Bipolar Disorder. The medications I have taken have caused me to gain a significant amount of weight, which has led me to me having major body image issues.
I personally can tell you, this subject is NOT easy to write about. Medications can make ones memory foggy and PTSD can make you not want to bring certain old, painful memories back. Also, thinking about the past can trigger a negative or anxiety provoking reaction. Not only did Rebecca dig into the past to reframe her own personal suffering, release some inner tension, and gain some personal insight; she wrote simply, lovingly, and honestly with the goal of helping people like me.
I, personally, have always thought about writing my own story, but with my own memory issues and PTSD have been wondering how this is going to be possible. Now, I have a real life mentor to look up to who has done it!!!! No, Rebecca's journey is not my exact journey but we learn through others the paths of our own journeys. I thank and applaud Rebecca for helping me feel less alone, and different because of my illness. You are a brave woman, and gracious soul. Thanks for reminding me to stay strong! Because you're right, "I got this.". Looking forward to following your blog http://judgmentfreezone2013.blogspot.com/ and enjoying following your updates on facebook. Would love to meet you sometime in person! I'll be looking for your next book signing!
'It’s Not Your Journey' is a fairly slim book that I was able to finish in a handful of days, but it packs two years into those 200 pages, and the story they tell is one you’re not likely to read again.
The book is organized as a series of journal-like blog posts. Each are highly personal, and each describe a different aspect of life with Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, and Depression. Stylistically, it is a very accessible read. The content, however, is quite heavy. It begins with Rebecca’s attempt on her life. What a powerful place for her journey to begin; right as she meant for it to end.
What I loved about this book most was Rebecca’s willingness to tell it like it is-or was-for her. She pulls no punches, even when describing her own self-perceived flaws. There is an enormous amount of stigma surrounding depression, especially depression deep enough to inspire a suicide attempt. People often consider those of us who have survived suicide to be selfish, weak people whining too loudly about problems that are insignificant.
The episodes she describes are entirely relatable to those of us living with the same or similar disorders, but this story; the mind and body riding the tumult of these neurochemicals is Rebecca’s, and Rebecca’s only. She uses my favorite tool-radical honesty-to express the ups and downs of her journey as she struggles to follow her passion as a writer, cope with body image issues complicated by her medications, and at times simply hang on while she spirals through bipolar episodes. She chose the perfect avenue for telling this story; the journal entry conceit allows us as readers to accompany her as she recovers, and relapses, and recovers again from the deep depression that led her to her suicide attempt.
This book naturally covers some difficult topics. She has chapters on self-harm, anxiety, social isolation, grief, and failure, among others. She does not shy away from expressing her actual feelings, complaints, and desires, even when they could appear petty or difficult to understand to those on the outside. This is my favorite kind of writing: that which is honest, raw, and unfettered by societal concerns. We can’t end the mental illness stigma if we hide behind conventions and worry. In the text of 'It’s Not Your Journey,' Rebecca hides nothing, and the result is a beautiful, heart-wrenching expression of the complex truth of life with mental illness.
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Brave, insightful, and honest, Rebecca Lombardo sets an example of courage.Read more