Living with so many thoughts in my mind, has made writing my memoir easy. Having now signed the book off, I’m now on to publication and that part doesn’t seem so easy.
My book tells ‘my story,’ in a way that helps resonate. It’s powerful, emotional and heartfelt. It’s a story without recriminations. It’s a fair and balanced account of my experiences, growing up without knowing I had a disability. It’s changed my life. As I go through the book and recall all my experiences, the book also brings understanding to other people’s lives.
I have found a voice in the book that I didn’t have as a child, I have found a passion in me that was closed off in the early years. I capture my experiences in the now as if those were my experiences for the first time. Through new understandings of my parents, my attitude towards both have changed.
Even though mum wasn’t in a position tell me what was wrong, she continued to help me by insisting I do my daily exercises. Where my father didn’t want to know, I have since learned, it wasn’t a case of him not wanting to know. Through his insecurities he struggled to want to know. Now having spent 10 years unravelling the facts to get to the truth, I know why it was ignored.
Around my neurological difficulties and away from the book, I still struggle to get those back when I’m talking about my symptoms. Writing the book has brought understanding where I had none as a child and young adult.
My book brings empathy compassion, positivity, hope and tolerance where there was none. It enables the reader to understand their own journey, so that they too may bring closure. Through years of research on my experiences and my life, through my writing, I now have closure.