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By Shannon McLinden

Shannon used to be thirteen and she or he desired to die. She hated her parents,her physique, her friends--her lifestyles. She by no means felt beautiful or renowned adequate. She struggled with ingesting. She used to be sexually assaulted. She approximately starved herself. yet Shannon survived her ache and slowly begun discovering peace in herlife. With heat and perception, Shannon McLinden stocks the real tale of her trip via habit and melancholy, supplying a lifeline of aid for women in all places. just like the best-selling move Ask Alice, this compelling precise account of the secrets and techniques and pains of an adolescent lady are printed with utter honesty.

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Adolescent psychology—Minnesota—Coon Rapids—Juvenile literature. I. identify. HQ798. M437A3 2010 one hundred fifty five. 5'33092—dc22 [B] 2009040936 synthetic within the country 1 – BP – 12/15/2009 eISBN: 978-0-7613-6441-2 Dedication To Pam Zimba, my favourite instructor. thanks for beginning the doorways of your lecture room to allow me brighten the lives of your scholars. you may have certainly brightened my lifestyles together with your counsel and overwhelming kindness. To my mother, dad, and brother, to your realizing. you've been great in assisting me in sharing my joys and triumphs with the realm. i like you a great deal. To all of my pals, who laughed and cried with me over the years and who're on the middle of this ebook. thanks for letting our blunders turn into whatever all women can examine from. To my editor, Sara Saetre. You introduced this to existence! thanks for shooting the genuine me in those pages. To Tracy Williams and Hani Abu-Eideh. you're of the main outstanding humans i do know. thanks to my shut neighbors Kerri Rieger, Amy Godlewski, and Jason Pruismann. You helped me drastically from begin to end. to each lady who attended my workshops. thanks for validating my imaginative and prescient for this booklet. you could learn extra approximately women’ matters, seek advice from Shannon McLinden, or hook up with different women at Shannon McLinden’s web site handle: www. allaboutus. com. eight Introduction i've got nice recognize for each certainly one of you analyzing this publication. not anyone is familiar with precisely what your lifestyles is like. opposite to what such a lot adults round you could think, I’m convinced components of it aren’t relatively like Disneyland. existence for me in center college used to be tough. Suicide crossed my brain usually. such a lot of my buddies observed finishing their lives. a few of us tried. ultimately one of many maximum humans, one in every of my oldest acquaintances, succeeded— and in succeeding, failed. i've got come some distance from the times while i needed to die. It took me years to make a screw up up to I did and study from it. What I learned—what introduced me again to life—is what you carry on your palms. Your palms soft its pages as you switch to find what took me see you later to discover and bring to you. I replaced a few of the names during this e-book— of individuals, and of areas. my very own identify is actual. And this can be my real tale. I supply it to you. —Shannon McLinden nine tell me what you could inform me to not fear inform me to not cry inform me pleasure won’t depart promise desires don’t die. inform me that I’m lovely inform me to not frown inform me I’m now not gruesome promise i will stand my flooring. inform me that i will inform me that I should still inform me to continually stand promise you knew i may. inform me loss of life won’t stay inform me lifestyles won’t die inform me to take what I provide promise you’ll train me to attempt. inform me the place my destiny ends inform me of later plans inform me the place the line bends promise to inform me what you could. —Shannon McLinden, a plea from the 12-year-old me to the 21-year-old me i presumed i'd by no means develop into eleven chapter one don’t are looking to die We simply get drained, or we get reborn, after we have suffered a lot that we've got began to die.

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