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.
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About the Author
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 memoirs, Who Am I?, which is slated to be published in 2014. Cyrulewski lives in Michigan with her 3-year-old daughter who loves to dance, run, read, and snuggle time with Mommy. Cyrulewski also enjoys her volunteer work with various organizations in and around metro-Detroit. She is hoping to have her author website up and running by the end of the year.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Who Am I? ~ How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Megan decided to tell her terrible story to help other people who may face the same difficulties. It 's a story touching, sad but hopeful: with the help of two wonderful parents, Megan puts at the center of her life her child and can return to live. The story of Megan is that of many others: a girl meets a handsome guy, Tyler and falls in love. But soon discover that is a person self-centered, violent, suffers from bouts of anger and is also a former drug addict. Megan to 19 years discovers she has anxiety disorders but is perhaps a bit underestimated (another girl she meets in the hospital for the same ailment was hospitalized). Megan quickly becomes a victim of domestic violence of her husband: it is a subtle violence, which does not leave bruises but makes you feel useless, wrong .... Although Megan had always said she doesn't want children decide to have a child. Born a beautiful baby girl and Megan began to suffer from postpartum depression and deteriorating more, eventually must be hospitalized. Parents welcome it to their house to better manage the child and find the courage to ask for a divorce. Begins the legal battle and not with her ex-husband for custody and visits to small Madeline. The biggest fear of the mother is that Tyler is really a incapable father and the child terrified cries every time she sees him. I think anyone who reads this story or tried it first hand or knows someone who found himself in the same situation: for example, I have been the victim of legal battles for my parent's divorce, thankfully that Madeline was too small and maybe not ever remember. Thanks to Megan for taking the courage to share her story and hope that gives strength and hope to those who are facing the same battle to get up and return to live
This book is definitely an emotional roller coaster! This book reveals the story of the author and how she has to deal with spousal abuse. After the birth of her daughter, she is affected with post-partum depression, anxiety attacks and panic attacks. She finally realizes that she has the power to change her life. Her daughter gives her the strength to turn her life around. She goes back to school, getting a law degree, and finds that she can finally live again! Definitely worth the read!
Each interaction that Megan had with Tyler made my skin crawl. He is the epitome of a bully and abuser. I can't believe everything that she had to go through to finally get peace. You can feel the pain and sorrow that Megan felt through the words in this book. I felt for her and her parents as they tried to protect Madelyne and do what was best for her. I would recommend this book, as it is an eye-opening account of what unfortunately happens in some families.
This book is seriously gritty, yes in places the narrative is messy but to me that just adds to the reality of the piece. I felt like I was standing next to Megan as she filed the police reports, as he heart sank at the sight of another email and lifted again at the sight of her precious daughter. I have given Who am I? 5 stars because of the emotional response it provoked in me. This is a book I will remember. I couldn't put this down from the moment I started it and finished it in two nights, the second it was after 1am when I finished. When approaching this book please remember that it is not fiction, it is not a novel - which is by definition fictitious prose - this book is heart wrenchingly real and I wouldn't change a bit of it. The author does go into minute details at times but this for me just served to build the picture of what Megan was facing and what she and her family went through. I suffer from depression and panic disorder myself and found the way that Megan opens up about her time in the hospital being treated for her mental health as truly inspiring. I can't imagine how she must have felt going through all of this, there must have been many times when she wanted to give up which is where her beautiful little girl stepped in and kept her going. This books shows the remarkable strength of a mother's love. I'd be very interested to hear more from Megan, about the rebuilding of her life and how her parents and her daughter are now. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.