“We all have a spark of greatness deep down within us. It’s up to each and every single one of us to uncover that greatness and become the better versions of ourselves. Not that it’s always easy. It’s not. And many people find it more comfortable to give up or blame someone else. But you don’t have to do this. You can recognize that the pain and suffering is fine-tuning you and making you better. Like everyone, I am a work in progress and that’s O.K. I continually learn from my experiences, my mistakes, my successes.”
Years in the making, this memoir is my truth. It’s my journey of growing up with a mentally ill mother who abandoned me, of years struggling with crippling depression and addiction, of desperately trying to escape my pain. But most importantly, it’s the story of how I have overcome the most harrowing hardships and discovered the most exquisite gifts. It’s how I found strength, self-love, compassion, and hope — even in the darkest places.
It’s my story, but it’s also the story of so many women and men. Whether you’ve struggled with mental health, addiction, depression, family challenges, or anything that has made you feel alone or unworthy, this book will serve as a beacon of hope and guide you toward the joy, success, and love that you were meant to experience.
"Karena's new book is about transformation. As she struggles to cope with her mother's mental illness, Karena learns it's not about being perfect, but about striving each day to learn, accept, and forgive. It's about using tools like physical movement and meditation that will improve the quality of your life. That is transformation.”
"In honest and beautiful prose, Karena writes about confronting her struggles with bravery and courage, removing the stigma of mental illness and paving the way for others seeking empathy and acceptance."
"Karena's revealing memoir is an example of personal transformation. She demonstrates how to overcome a life filled with trauma and family mental illness and how one can truly create a new journey with renewed sense of identity, hope, and optimism."
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