If I were to write a book about my life, Life in Five Acts is one of titles I might consider. It’s not really that simple, but sometimes it feels as though I can plug my life into five different sections. Here’s the book jacket synopsis:
Act One opens as our protagonist struggles as a high achiever through her first 16 years of life. After graduation with High Honors, and being accepted with Honors at Entrance at the University, all hell broke loose and she was on academic probation by her sophomore year. Life went on a downhill spiral from there. Act Two is filled with drug and alcohol abuse, “inappropriate” behavior (as the professionals like to call it), one failed marriage, and a couple suicide attempts. During that time Sheri amazingly returned to school, received her Associates Degree and held down increasingly responsible positions. By the midst of Act Three, before becoming so mentally debilitated work came to be impossible, she was an Office Manager.
Act Three consists of 15 years of an abusive marriage, numerous hospitalizations, more suicide attempts, and other frightening behaviors. A pharmacopeia of medications made her somewhat able to cope with her trials, albeit nearly non-functional. During Act Four the courageous fighter appears. After digging down deep into a medicated haze, Sheri was able to escape with her two daughters to safety.
Act Five is the happy ending. It covers another 15 years, also filled with difficulties, but these years become increasingly better as each struggle makes her stronger. The book has a happily-ever-after ending, with our heroine exhilarated and ready for the next Act.
In case my imaginary publisher doesn’t like this title, I’ve come up with a few others:
- Sex, Drugs, and Suicide Conquered (Too racy? But it would sell, wouldn’t it?)
- Winning the War
- A Courageous Life
Perhaps it will even be made into a movie, then you’re all invited to the opening!
This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days