A lawyer by profession, Consulting could only be next to court practice. I am a dynamic, determined, disciplined and dedicated woman. I am most grateful for these attributes which have somehow all along kept me striving even in the midst of the most challenging of traumas. I am therefore forging on as a consultant while doing all the other occupations of mine which I aptly call my passions. They are all full time occupations and 'client' satisfaction is always prime for me.
When I started researching into my late brother's condition, I did so with all the passion and hope to find a 'miracle' solution to his conditions. I was very naive to say the least. I never knew how much of a difficulty other families like ours were facing in trying to battle with their loved one's mental illness vis à vis a more than not 'difficult or even unsympathetic' "medical system". I eventually started questioning my own challenges in life especially in my 'personal life'. My first memoir traces and narrates all that as bluntly as I lived and reviewed it then.
MerryMarie: Catering to personal and emotional well being, via one on one coaching and motivational communication. Guided by empathy, honesty, simplicity and genuineness. Together We Can.
" Life gives tough lessons for sure but I refuse to sit down and take notes. No I will learn walking and I will keep walking." This is my philosophy and I think until we breathe our last, we can’t stop living. Yes, we may take a pause or two, go on a vacation, a retreat or the other, but we must always believe in the adage that there is strength in what remains. It is thus a passion of mine to help my clients discover that inner strength of theirs which will enable them move on after each pause in life, sparked by any emotion, action or reaction.
Here therefore are my goals and objectives:
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'.
|“Battered, Tattered and Shattered is a real life, raw look at how powerful the human spirit is. This book is sure to inspire anyone who is looking to bounce back from life’s biggest hits.” – Jeffrey I. Moore USA - Educator, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker
In her book “Battered, Tattered but not Shattered” Marie A. Abanga share her personal story of a woman on a journey to “find herself”. She shares her doubts and fears in her quest to “free” herself from a past to a future she is designing. Marie talks about the domestic violence she endured and how she may have played a role in the abuse. Her story is sad, heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful.
Nancy Salamone USA - Founder & CEO The Business of Me, Author "Victory Over Violence"
My second memoir which I didn't ever think I would be writing, was that of my lone brother's Journey here on earth.
The title speaks for itself and I would leave you my visitors the choice of reading the sample provided on the amazon. I hope you get a copy, because all proceeds from the sale are destined to the GBM Foundation for Epilepsy and Mental Well-Being.
All my works are available on the amazon and createspace, on Kindle and paperback.
|I officially became an author on the 22nd of February 2014, with the self-Publication of what I term my Thriller of a Tale. On my author page, I describe my two memoirs published so far. I have been writing stories since I was a kid, but I only read those stories to my girl friends who always found them fascinating and close to the Mills and Boon romantic series trending at the time.
Little wonder, I so loved Literature in Secondary and High School. Of course, becoming a Lawyer and having to write briefs, meant I had to constant improve my writting skills and ever appreciate the power of the right choice of words.
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