I am looking for a reviewer for my book, Insanity: a love story. It is a memoir, and chronicles my experience being diagnosed and hospitalized for the first time for bipolar disorder and my struggle to renter the world of the sane after my release. I am willing to exchange reviews if you have a book that is at least somewhat similar to mine.
My goal was to share what being mentally is like, because, it is natural to wonder. I recognize what a scary idea it is to lose control of your mind and have to be in a mental hospital, even briefly. But the only way to de-stigmatize mental illness is to bring it into the light.
In my relationships with other patients, I developed a sense of belonging and understanding that put me on the path to sanity. I write about how, even after my moods stabilized, I didn't know how to relate to others and I didn't know who I was anymore. It was like learning to walk again after years of being in a body cast. I had to learn to be patient with myself. Everything involved baby steps, learning to live all over again without the boundaries of my moods.
One of the lessons I learned while in the hospital was how to forgive. A simmering undercurrent of shame and anger was intrinsically linked to my foray into insanity. Getting past shame meant forgiving myself; dealing with anger meant forgiving others.
After my hospitalization, I started to accept the upside of bipolar disorder—how, with my mood shifts, came a sensitivity and creativity I might not have otherwise had. It has made me more compassionate. These experiences also left me unafraid of mental illness, taking away the fear I might one day go crazy. With acceptance comes relief, which allows me the possibility of forgiveness.
I hope I didn't give too much of a summary, but I wanted to highlight parts of my book that might interest a reviewer.
My author page is at http://amazon.com/author/melissa
and you can download the book from there. If you have amazon prime, it is free, you can get the book free on Thanksgiving.
Thanking for taking the time to read this.
Please contact me @insanitystory or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in reviewing my book.
Melissa Miles McCarter