This is a short synopsis (summary) of my memoir that I wrote for my author page on NaNoWriMo 2018. It is written in the third person, present tense just for the synopsis, but my memoir is written in the first person, past tense as most memoirs are. I will change my synopsis and improve it before I send it in to agents etc.
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NO MORE SHAME
Rising Above the Stigma of Mental Illness, Suicide Attempts and Addiction
Written by Susan Walz
Attempting to die by suicide and choosing to say goodbye on social media is both a blessing and a curse. Saying goodbye on social media saved her life, but now she must recover from the embarrassment, shame and destruction from a suicide attempt with the extra burden of the world watching her.
While she recovers from severe depression and Klonopin addiction that almost cost her to lose her life more than once, she must also survive severe withdrawal symptoms after being forced off Klonopin cold turkey after nearly twenty years of overuse and misuse of the powerful Benzodiazepine. Right before her near lethal attempt and during her stay in two psychiatric hospitals and while recovering at home, she openly and honestly relives the events that led her to such a dark, lonely and hopeless point in her life that she believed ending her life was her only option.
It all began in an abusive and dysfunctional childhood home and worsened after being diagnosed with postpartum depression after giving birth to her first child. Soon she was diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and PTSD. Once she obtained her mental illness diagnoses, the negative labels, stigma related experiences and many losses in her life accumulated astronomically.
The never-ending, revolving combination cocktail of psychotropic medications, repeated psychiatric hospital stays, electroconvulsive therapy treatments and many life altering events consume her life. There seems to be no way out from the continued destruction, pain, and loneliness until one day a small flicker of hope ignites her spark to keep living, to keep fighting and to find a way out of the darkness.
This is an inspirational story that will encourage you to never give up. Her journey shows you that it is possible to overcome any obstacle in your way. Survival, recovery, mental wellness and happiness are possible. She is living proof of that.
"You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise." ~Maya Angelou
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