Book Review: Who am I? by Megan Cyrulewski

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About Megan:

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 post-partum 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.

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts:

This is indeed a true story and I cannot even begin to imagine or understand how Megan coped with her life. I am glad she is out of it and is moving on. Her story has touched me to the depths of my soul and though I  have not gone through what she has I could feel her pain, her sadness and her happiness all in one. It is truly amazing how she has taken her experience in life and written about it sharing it with the world. It does take a lot of strength to do that and to deal with what she has and I admire her for it.

The message Megan is trying to get across to all women out there is clear and precise:

Postpartum Depression can affect anyone and there is nothing wrong in seeking treatment or consulting a doctor. Also, emotional abuse is a form of domestic violence and is not to be taken lightly.

These are some things all women should understand and all men should be aware of. Frankly this is a book that everyone should read as each person will have something to take away, some experience that they can understand or there might be something someone can relate to.

A well written memoir, this book highlights Megan’s journey from her marriage to divorce and how she continues to study law without giving up. She mentions specific instances and situations which were indicative of abusive behavior but were ignored. Megan honestly shares her feelings, thoughts and emotions in all situations. She admits her feelings about her pregnancy and how later she grows to love her daughter who is now the center of her life. Megan’s parents supported her through her pregnancy, separation and divorce. It is not easy to deal with all this but when there are people who understand and support you it goes a long way in helping.

I strongly recommend this book to everyone out there! Please read it and pass the news on to others. Please understand what Megan is trying to convey through her experiences and try to help others in need.

In conversation with Megan Cyrulewski

In conversation with Megan Cyrulewski. She has written her memoir, Who Am I? How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again, which was released on August 2, 2014.  The book is about her journey into post-partum depression, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, stays in the psych ward, divorce, domestic violence, law school, how she managed to graduate from law school and a beautiful little girl who emerged from all of the chaos.  There are two extremely important messages she would like to get across:

One:  Postpartum Depression still has a negative stigma attached to it.  Women shouldn’t be afraid to seek treatment if they feel something is wrong.

Two:  Emotional abuse is a form of domestic violence and is not to be taken lightly.  It took 10 strangers in a group therapy session in the hospital psych ward to tell me that I was in an emotionally abusive marriage and that I needed to get out for the sake of my daughter.

I will be posting my review of her memoir soon. Here is what Megan has to say:

  • What inspired you to start writing?

Everyone kept telling me that I should write a book about everything that had happened. I love to write so I figured, why not?

  • Tell us a little about yourself.

I am from Michigan – born and raised.   I have a beautiful, intelligent, but sometimes sassy, little girl named Madelyne Rose. I’m an attorney specializing in court mediation but I’m also an author. I’m working on my second book – crime fiction.

 

  • How did writing your memoir help you deal with your past?

It was closure for me. That part of my life is past and I am now in the present and plan to stay there.

 

  • How easy/difficult was it to write it?

There were days I had to walk away from my computer. It was difficult reliving some of the tough times but I don’t regret writing the book.

 

  • What are your hobbies?

Reading (obviously), swimming, and watching reality TV – some trashy. It’s my vice. I can’t help it!

 

  • What led to law as a career choice?

I have always loved the law but I never thought I was smart enough to get into law school. When I started disliking my career in the non-profit sector, I thought I might as well take the LSAT and see what happens. I passed and was offered admission to two good law schools here in Michigan.

 

  • How do you manage your time around work, your daughter and writing?

Luckily, I’m my own boss so I can make my own schedule. Plus, Madelyne is in pre-school full time. But when she comes home, I put all of my work away and spend time with her.

 

  • What message would you like to share with the readers?

One – If you have postpartum depression, don’t feel ashamed to seek treatment.

Second – Emotional abuse is a form of domestic violence. Those of you who are in that type of relationship need to seek help right away.

Connect with Megan:

www.megancyrulewski.com

twitter: @MeganCyrulewski