Beneath Ilse-Kim's perfect image lies a dark secret: a secret she shamefully struggles to keep under control as it slowly destroys her life. Two illnesses have sunk their teeth deep into her soul, slowly ripping her apart and obliterating all hope for a peaceful existence or a loving relationship with the man of her dreams.
As she navigates her way through life and love, she risks her heart in the hope of finding true love. Her journey, supported by her loving family and treasured friends, exposes the razor's edge of bipolar disorder and bulimia, and how these disorders annihilate healthy relationships. Yet, despite the wake of destruction and overwhelming challenges, unbreakable bonds are formed.
Ilse-Kim Cullen unveils the hidden truth and stigmas behind both illnesses. She is the voice that we have all been waiting for – a voice for the broken victims who crave to be heard, and a voice for their loved ones who are often left confused in the mayhem and complexity of bipolar disorder and bulimia.
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About the Author
Laetitia Booysen holds a BA degree with a major in Sport Science and Psychology, as well as a PGCE in Educational Psychology and Sports Sciences from the University of Stellenbosch. In 2009, she worked at a state hospital alongside a Clinical Psychologist and during this time she developed a passion for psychology and human behavior. She went on to complete an Honours degree in Psychology at her Alma Mater in 2010.
Laetitia suffered from bulimia nervosa during her teen years and into her mid-twenties. In 2010, she was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her personal experience with both illnesses motivated her to study both in her Honours year.