I was in panic mode; I was very restless; sleep was eluding me and that coupled with other issues I had been having, meant nothing short of danger. Danger especially for my fragile mental and emotional well-being; a well-being already made very fragile by the sudden and very painful demise of my fondest and dearest sibling brother after 18 grueling years with epilepsy and mental disorders. I constantly reached out to mum and it was then that she asked me the question which sparked this other memoir of mine. What is the worst case scenario she asked? After several exchanges with her and with my shrink and another close friend, I began to layout what makes up the content of this memoir. It is my journey of fighting the FEAR within. I came to learn of two different definitions of FEAR; Fold Everything and Run or Face Everything and Rise. I recently came across another one; False Emotions Appearing Real. Yes, I largely have fought FEAR pretty much all my life and, in most of its dimensions. I think and know we each have too. Yet, I believe and hope that sharing my journey in my usual candour, and yes without fear or favour, shame or stigma, may help someone else to realize they are not alone in their own “inner fights”. I hope many come to realize that the 'worst case scenario' often gets that worse first in the mind, but that with help and positive thinking, we can win such 'fights'.
You are cordially invited to the Twin Launch of My brother's Journey from Genius to Simpleton and the Gbm-em centre for epilepsy and mental well-being in Cameroon.
The event will take place on the International Day of people with Disability. We often consider only those with a physical impediment as beingdisabled. It is high time mental illness got the equal attention as physical illness. Both are challenging and disabling.
Even venue: City Hall Buea South West Region
Time: 1 pm
RSVP: His Excellency the Governor of the South West Region
Marie Abanga is a dynamic and determined woman in every respect. She asserts to go by the three Ds of Determination-Discipline-Dedication. She is a lawyer by profession, a poet, an award winning author and blogger, a consultant, a life coach and a sought after motivational speaker. She is a devoted women's right activist, a passionate mental health advocate, and a proud mother of three gentlemen. Marie recently finished an LL.M in International Law with International Relations at the University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies. She had previously obtained an an LL.B Hons from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Marie has practiced law for over five years at the Cameroonian Bar, worked as legal consultant with MTN Cameroon, as a consultant with the Women In Parliament Global Forum, and has managed a business venture among others.
As a motivational speaker, I rely on my greatest strengths which come from my past experiences. Today, this past gives me credibility in as much as I can stand out to be that motivation to others. I have a message for people, and yes it is possible to overcome adversity if only they don’t give up on their Faith and Hope. I equally tell care givers and guardians that it can get better if only they don’t give up on their Faith and Love.
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