I Couldn't Tell Anyone
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I have been a dental hygienist for thirty-four years. I talked to my patients about having breast CANCER on four occasions. However, for fear of being judged, I could not talk about the eight forced visits that I had to undergo at psychiatric hospitals, where I was labelled as being BI-POLAR. “I Couldn’t Tell Anyone” is about my confinement in a psychiatric hospital, the fear of rejection, feeling misunderstood, alone and ashamed of who I am. Mental illness brings out the worst in people around you. Avoidance comes to mind, leaving me feeling misunderstood and unloved. Cancer brings out the best in people around you; at last I feel loved. I was not born with a mental illness, I am a product of my past and it has been a long road full of tears and laughter. The root of my problems began in childhood when I was abandoned by my American father and raised by a traumatised English mother.
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Jun 9, 2011In telling her story Stephanie provides insight for others while somehow making you smile. What I can tell you is that from reading this book I know that Stephanie is a warm, caring person. Triumphing adversity is her stregnth and sharing it in this wonderfully insigtful book is way to her credit.
May 28, 2011"I couldn't tell anyone" is Stephanie de la Warr's incredible journey of self-discovery, self-understanding and growth, written with an amazing honesty. She very bravely tells us her startling life story, taking the reader through some very difficult times from before her birth to present day showing how she coped with her bi-polar disorder which lead to many 'episodes' ending in her being forcefully admitted to psychiatric hospitals and, if this was not enough for her to deal with, she was also diagnosed with a breast cancer not fewer than four times! This is enough for anyone to give up their fight for life as it seems so unfair, but not Stephanie! No, she is a fighter and a very special and remarkable lady; she is an inspiration to us all, she knows how to live her life to the full AND enjoy it, despite having more than a fair share of illness and personal unhappiness. I admire Stephanie for writing this wonderful biography which I'm sure wasn't easy to do for all the... More > aforementioned reasons and with an added difficulty of being dyslexic. This is such an interesting, informative and truthful read that I couldn't put the book down until I finished it. I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to know more about what it's like to have a bi-polar disorder which has had such a stigma attached to it, that Stephanie 'couldn't tell anyone' about it until now.< Less
May 27, 2011Stephanie's strength of spirit shines through this moving account as she searches to understand her life's journey. Her resilience in the face of adversity, her sheer determination to follow her heart, and her ability to love and keep on loving is inspirational.
May 15, 2011We hear of many examples of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, but few are as touching or inspiring as this book. The author has suffered the two most feared afflictions of today, cancer and mental illness,and come out having not only overcome them both, but also the greatest evil of all,the fear of Fear itself. Creativity and mental instability are common bedfellows; Van Gogh cut off his ear, Churchill had his "black dog". Most of us would consider that the price of being capable of original thought or Art was far too high, and gently decline the offer. Miss de la Warr takes us through her experience and shows that we too can not only survive the bad things that happen to us, but learn from them our own specific lessons, which are different for each one of us. Whether we would find ourselves able to write about it afterwards with charm and humour is another matter entirely. You MUST read this book.
May 14, 2011This book speaks from the Author's heart and is an indictment on the education system that allows students to move through years of schooling without diagnosing dyslexia - and also on the health system that was not able to address the mental health issues from whence they come. Perhaps some of those reading this book will connect physical and mental health issues and realise that our lives need to be looked at holistically. That Stephanie de la Warr has been able to work on herself to clear her issues and come out of it glowing with positivity is to be commended. The book could have been written using sensationalism as a marketing tool. Instead Stephanie has used honesty with quiet and effective language to get her point across.
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- Stephanie de la Warr (Standard Copyright License)
- April 1, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.29 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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