Friday, 16 January 2015

Who Am I? How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again by Megan Cyrulewski


Who Am I?

How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again

by Megan Cyrulewski

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Who Am I?: How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again by Megan Cyrulewski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


A book does not need to be sensationally romantic to move a reader, or be filled with action-packed adventure to keep them hooked to every page. This book was a true-life account of the horrid battleships that Cyrulewski faced, being an "ordinary" woman like each one of us here, but burdened with excruciatingly painful circumstances. The vulnerability of the author in the situations she describes moved me to tears at many instances. The fears and flaws are so natural that it's easy to empathise with why she did what she did, and why she put up with things for as long as she could.

But that said, this book, although tragically endearing, is not just about the tear-drenched moments. It's also about resilience, bouncing back and living life to the fullest. The words are powerful and carefully chosen to warn and at the same time, inspire. How the author overcomes insurmountable challenges is heartening and mind-blowing to be read.

This is a book I am going to keep re-reading often, as a reminder that all is not lost as long as the spirit is still alive.

This is a must-read book!

My rating: 5 stars

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Megan Cyrulewski is an ordinary person who has faced extraordinary challenges and now wants to inspire people and show them that hope gives them the power to survive anything. Who Am I? is about her journey into postpartum depression, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, visits to the psych ward, divorce, domestic violence, law school and her courageous struggle to survive with her sanity intact – and how a beautiful little girl emerged from all this chaos.

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EXCERPT
Tyler was out of control—I had to stop him from taking my daughter…
Before I could even react, he snatched Madelyne out of my arms and put her in the back of his car. She started to hyperventilate.
“What are you doing?” I screamed.
Tyler ignored me as he tried to strap her in the car seat.
“Tyler! She’s terrified! You can’t do this! Let’s take her to a park or something. She has to calm down before she can go with you!” Was he crazy? How could he do this to his own child?
I squeezed in between him and the doorframe of the car door. “Tyler! Stop!”
“Don’t touch my car!” Tyler screeched as he tried to slam the door shut. I had my leg in between the door and the frame so he couldn’t close the door. I tried reaching Madelyne who was still wailing and howling. It was a horrific sound. All of a sudden, Tyler put me in a chokehold and dragged me from the car. I could see my dad out of the corner of my eye trying to get someone’s, anyone’s, attention.
“Help!” I screamed. “Help me!” But we were parked too far away from the actual police station and since it was Sunday, no one was around. “Someone help me. Please!”
Tyler tightened his arm around my throat. I couldn’t breathe. Oh my God, I thought. He’s going to kill me. Tyler was completely out of control. I knew if I didn’t do something soon, I was going to blackout.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Megan Cyrulewski has been writing short stories ever since she was ten-years-old.  Eventually she settled into a career in the non-profit sector and then went back to school to get her law degree.  While she was in school, she documented her divorce and child custody battle in her memoir, Who Am I?, which was published in 2014.  Megan lives in Michigan with her 3-year-old daughter who loves to dance, run, read, and snuggle time with Mommy.  Megan also enjoys her volunteer work with Troy Youth Assistance as the Fundraising Chair on the Board of Directors.

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Who Am I? How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again
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