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Book: Hopping Roller Coasters by Rachel Pappas

Book: Hopping Roller Coasters by Rachel Pappas

categories: Book, Memoir, Healing, Mental Illness, Bipolar Disorder, Cancer, Forgiveness, Parent Child Relationship


Rachel Pappas

Author Rachel Pappasabout this book: Hopping Roller Coasters is about my daughter and me, both diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I have not had an easy time, but Marina's had a rougher ride, largely because my already vulnerable child took the brunt of my rage; crashed and burned. Five schools in five years, thirteen hospitalizations, and in between a blur of ambulance rides, police at our door and ground-rocking mother-daughter meltdowns.

Then comes my cancer diagnosis, and the story becomes about making peace with the person you love more than life, after years of reaching and slipping.

Serious, but laced with humor, Hopping Roller Coasters is for anyone who has loved, forgiven, or needed to be forgiven. The story teaches you have second chances, for as long as you live. It shows how one mom learned to redefine success - her own success and her child's victories. But you'll have to keep turning the pages to see how it happens, because there's no magic bullet. Change and healing come in baby steps.

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