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Who Am I?: How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again Paperback – July 17, 2014
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I found Megan Cyrulewski’s memoir, “Who Am I?” to be an extremely poignant, gut-wrenching account of one woman’s journey into hell at the hands of her drug-addicted, abusive husband, who also from a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. In telling her story, the author clearly pulled no punches in detailing the horrific accounts of what she’d been forced to endure. One has to wonder why she allowed it continue for as long as she did.
Ms. Cyrulewski gave up so much to get nothing in return. She gave up her dream of being an attorney because her husband wiped out the savings she had saved to pay for it to pay off his enormous debts. A major part of his problem had been he couldn’t hold on to any job he got,
Even with this horrific relationship in place she agreed to have a child. When her daughter, Madelyne Rose, was born; her daughter became the means by which she survived having anxiety disorder, panic attacks, post-partum depression, visits to the psych ward, domestic violence which lead to her finally getting a divorce.
“Who Am I?” serves as a sign to any woman who has suffered or is suffering the same kind of abuse, that there's hope for recovery and a new life.
It is for this reason I’m not hesitating giving it the 5 STARS I’ve given it, 5 STARS which is richly deserves.
Robin Leigh Morgan is the author of "I Kissed a Ghost", a MG/YA Paranormal romance novel.
I am glad I purchased this book, and grateful for a chance to review it. I won't say I enjoyed reading it (although there are enjoyable aspects to the story) but I am thankful that I did read it. The bookw as put down several times over that month, but I'm glad I finished it.
Anyone who has wondered how they ended up in an emotionally-abusive relationship, or found themselves struggling with the unexpected emotional distruption of having a baby, will do well to purchase a copy. It reads like a novel, but is more compelling a tale than any fiction I've read along these topics.
Imagine watching someone's life flip from being free of care to being overburdened with it; watching as a casual interaction turns into an abusive marriage; watching an intelligent young woman flounder with the resulting disruption and near-erasing of a person’s true self-identity that comes as a result of the mentally-abusive marriage; watching someone struggle with trying to pursue her career goal of becoming a lawyer while falling beneath the weight of negativity at home; watching a couple turn to the oft-tried Relationship Rescue means of having a child which then turns into a combination life preserver/battleground.
Now imagine watching all of that as a bystander, helpless to alter the course of events, even as you see things streaming inexorably towards disaster and then slamming headlong into it. Frustration and anxiety were my reactions; this is not a criticism, but a testament to how strong and clear her writing is. The narrative plunges forward, mostly in chronological order, a chronicle of the relationship, legal battles, and personal turmoil one mom emerged from.
This is a narrative that plays out all over the world in private silence, yet here is one young American woman who decided to risk telling her story in all of its gory glory, raw and powerful, relentless and ultimately triumphant. Intelligent, ambitious, and otherwise strong-willed people are equally susceptible to falling gradually into impossible traps; this book proves it.
Post-Partum Depression, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, anxiety, depression, mental health therapy and cruel manipulations are all here in a tale I couldn't not read but needed to take in measured doses. Her story encourages others to get help and fight the fear of stigma and judgment as they struggle with their own battles. Her victory encourages others by saying that, as frightening as trying to get out may seem, as much as another person may tell you that you can't or better not leave, in the end... the freedom and success that come from it is completely worth it.
Note: contains occasional strong language, brief depictions of emotional cruelty and manipulation, and tackles mental illness issues.
In “Who Am I?: How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again” Megan Cyruleski shares her story – all of it. From the throes of new love to the heartaches of domestic abuse, the pains of pregnancy and the shock of post-partum, the truth is laid bare for the world to see, and the result is both harsh and beautiful.
I could see myself in some of Megan’s words, feel them resonate in my soul – but her journey is unique to her, and often painful to read. I appreciate that she has taken the time to share it. The narrative of the story stumbles a bit in places, but overall, this is a spot light view into a very private, and personal – life.
In Cyrulewski’s book, she explains in great detail how her daughter forever changed her life, as well as outlining what it’s like to live with and survive a divorce with a person suffering from a narcissistic disorder. And while it’s easy for people who are writing memoirs to run off on tangents or side streets, she keeps to her point and expresses her thoughts and the details of her story clearly and rationally.
While I stumbled across this book quite by accident, I’m amazed at how closely her situation resembles my past relationship. I now wonder if my ex suffered from the same disorder or a similar one. And that has helped me feel some closure, and even perhaps a little more forgiveness for the entire situation.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
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