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Book launch day! Still Life is here…

04.13.16

Book launch day… Still Life is here!Still Life book launch day

It is Still Life’s book launch day.

It is finally, officially my book launch day. Still Life, A Memoir of Living Fully with Depression is here. I can’t believe it. It seemed like this book launch was far away and now here it is, actual pages, a book with a binding and everything, being shipped off to people to read (well, I hope that part is true).

“A person who publishes a book appears willfully in the public eye with his pants down.”

― Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Oh Edna, Edna, why don’t I listen to you?

This is a vulnerable book. I write about my depression. I write about wanting to take pills or stab myself in the stomach. I write about how much my illness hurts my family and friends. And I write about Jesus and how he believes in me when I don’t believe in him. Do I really want this book launch?

My daughter Zoya is reading the book right now and she says the only way she is getting through it is by imagining it was written by someone else. “Every time I see one of our family’s names, I realize this is your book, Mom. And that makes me sad.”

It makes me sad, too. I’m sad that my kids and my husband live with depression because of me. But I am also thankful I can tell our story. Writing helped me gain perspective. I realize that I’ve learned, grown, and healed some. I’m not completely healed. But I’ll take what I can get because I know depression is an active illness. I need to keep fighting every day.

1 out of 4 people struggle with some kind of mental illness. This is a huge topic in our society and a lot of people don’t think it is real.

I’m not exactly sure why I decided to throw my hat into the proverbial ring of advocacy and vulnerability. But I did, and it’s book launch day. It is out there now. I hope Still Life helps others who have faith (anyone, really) and depression to know that they are not alone.

If you are so inclined, I’d love for you to help get the word out about Still Life. You can tweet this blog post, share the picture below, or check out my author Facebook page for more ideas. Thanks so MUCH.

Still Life book launch day

If you struggle with depression or know someone who does, there is help to be had. In addition to Still Life, the book, I’ve started a private Facebook group for individuals with depression and their loved ones. A community is blooming. I’m so glad to be a part of it. Request to join Still Life Insiders today. We’d love to have you.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” -John 1:5

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