Why I Wrote My Memoir

Against Such Things

Against Such Things is a labor of love conceived after traversing the depths of insanity and despair and coming out somewhat-less-than-unscathed. The concept—the overarching message—being one of HOPE.

Hope. Healing. Healing from complex trauma, from addiction, from incarceration. There IS a new way of life, and I am living proof.

Long and longer I spent wallowing in unresolved wounds, in cyclical self-destructive behavior patterns trying to run from myself, run from my pain.

But, as we all know, no matter where you go, there you are.

Once I finally accepted ME, built the beautiful life of healing and recovery I have today, I realized something pivotal: Just getting out by the skin of my teeth was not enough. It just wasn’t.

I refuse to be one of those panicky, terrified first-class passengers on the Titanic who scurry away in an entirely empty lifeboat whilst others scream and flail and drown in the distance.

And, so, I wrote. I wrote down the pain, the trauma, the tribulation—and eventually—the recovery. I wrote, but not to claim I am some all-knowing all-seeing expert with a magical cure-all solution: NO.

I wrote purely and simply to capture in text my fundamental takeaway: YOU ARE NOT ALONE. WE DO RECOVER and SO CAN YOU.

2 responses to “Why I Wrote My Memoir”

  1. Rachel, this is so exciting! How many times a day do you have to pinch yourself, just to be sure it’s really real? YOU wrote a whole, actual book, girl! I really happy for you…can’t wait to read it…

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    1. Thanks so much, Jill! It is surreal, indeed. I’m so everythingallatonce, haha! It’s super exciting 🤩


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