Autobiography Reflects Joy Amidst Depression, Stroke and Alienation

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To strengthen those suffering adversity, author Maggie White shares her life journey in her newly published book “Free To Be Me”

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From author Maggie White, a woman who has suffered severe depression first diagnosed in her early 20s, a stroke in her 50s and alienation from her family shortly thereafter, Free To Be Me is an autobiography that offers a deep sense hope amidst life’s adversities. Targeting those who suffer severe physical, psychological or emotional pains, White’s new book is a work of love that bespeaks of the strength and eventual triumph of the human spirit despite life’s trials.

At first glance, White appears as being endowed with all the simple joys and successes in life. She grew Olive trees and travelled around North and South America as well as Europe to research on them. Although her life seemed so rosy, it had its share of thorns. In later years, she was often confined in a hospital for her psychiatric disorder and sometimes underwent Electroconvulsive therapy. Later, she was unhappily in a rocky marriage. Their new restaurant also brought in a whole lot of new stresses and problems.

The worst happened in 2003 when she suffered a stroke and became blind. At the age of 56, her husband and children put her in a nursing home. Through her sole efforts, a medical miracle restored her sight. She finally ended up in a Women’s Refuge, firstly in Muswellbrook, then in Lane Cove, Sydney. For seven years she has been in a Retirement Village. She rarely has contact with her children and granddaughters. Yet, despite alienation from her family, she now lives a full, free and happy life with many new friends and activities.

Honest, hopeful and humbling, Free To Be Me is a book permeated with feelings of joy, happiness and contentment even after a lifetime of suffering and sacrifices. It teaches readers that life may not be as perfect as they want it to be, but in the end, they can still be perfectly grateful and happy for whatever life throws at them.

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About the Author
Maggie White grew raspberries to for restaurants and eventually had an on-farm-shop. She also made chutneys and jams. She researched and planted olive trees. She was foundation members of the Hunter Valley Olive Association. She travelled to California, Argentine, Spain and Italy for further research. During her blindness, the family sought no help for her so she initiated seeing an eye surgeon. Social workers described her situation as domestic violence, not physical but emotional. After contacting one of the social workers she ended up in a Women’s Refuge, firstly in Muswellbrook then Lane Cove, in Sydney. She rarely sees her three children and six granddaughters. However, she is at last free to be herself.

Free To Be Me * by Maggie White
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Trade Paperback; AU$29.99; 161 pages; 978-1-4771-2695-0
Trade Hardback; AU $49.99; 161 pages; 978-1-4771-2696-7
eBook; AU $3.99; 978-1-4771-2697-4

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