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Self-published book – A life: I am what I am, by Joan Sammon

This is a memoir about childhood abuse, mental illness and resilience. The importance of asking for help and being supported by mental health professionals. Living with post-traumatic stress, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses and discovering the best medicine in the world: laughter.

Joan Sammon’s memoir includes becoming part of the gay community, working as a motorbike courier, being institutionalised. It includes poems and descriptions of mental illness that she wrote at different times throughout her life. She has self-published this memoir with the aim of helping other people suffering mental illnesses, or who are suffering from memories of childhood abuse, so they feel less alone, and find the strength to survive.

This courageous story is at once unsettling and inspiring. With great wisdom and humour, Joan shares the insights and understandings that have helped her create a satisfying life. I would recommend this book to anyone who is seeking a better understanding of how to survive traumatic life events. – Dr Penny King

A life: I am what I am was launched in Robina, Queensland, on Tuesday 8th October to coincide with Queensland Mental Health Week 2019.

You can purchase A life: I am what I am by contacting the author, Joan Sammon, at:  [email protected] Cost: $15 plus postage.

Note: A life: I am what I am by Joan Sammon has been edited and produced by On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading and self-published under the Peewee Press imprint.


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