Vincent N. Cefalu recounts journey to success in new memoir

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'Leveling the Playing Field in spite of Myself' recounts author's struggles with bipolar disorder, obesity

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A remarkable reminder of how willpower and an enduring spirit create the positive change in the lives of those who choose to take the risk.

Author Vincent N. Cefalu releases "Leveling the Playing Field in spite of Myself," (published by Xlibris) a consolidation of his previous publications and a revision of his autobiography portrayed in a more explicit manner. In this memoir, the author details how he achieved success despite the limiting circumstances of his youth and his endless battles with bipolar disorder, gross obesity, and the worst opponent of all, oneself.

Cefalu writes with his casual witty satire in recounting the hardships and hurdles he has encountered through life. Amidst the little privilege he had, he was able to conquer the odds, albeit somehow unusually, and accomplish ultimate success.

"My eventual goal was undoubtedly attributed to my life-long ability of being able to overachieve and outperform," Cefalu shares. "Along with these factors and endless battles with bipolar illness and gross obesity, I managed to convert these deterrents into an incredibly advantageous situation, as I explain how some of the characteristics resulting from my illness actually helped to sustain my drive to success. I feel that my book is a must-read for bipolar individuals who should have no problem in identifying with me."

Reflective and inspiring in its entirety, "Leveling the Playing Field in spite of Myself" is a remarkable reminder of how willpower and an enduring spirit create the positive change in the lives of those who choose to take the risk.

“Leveling the Playing Field in spite of Myself”
By Vincent N. Cefalu, Sr., M.D.
Hardcover | 6x9in | 402 pages | ISBN 9781499080308
Softcover | 6x9in | 402 pages | ISBN 9781499080292
E-Book | 402 pages | ISBN 9781499080315
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dr. Vincent N. Cefalu graduated from Amite High School in 1966. He subsequently received a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from Southeastern Louisiana College and a medical degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, accomplishing the latter in just three short years. He completed a one-year “rotating 0” internship at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge and then moonlighted for many years in emergency rooms all over the State of Louisiana. He eventually held many professional jobs, including the public health clinic, local mental health clinic and substance abuse clinic, was awarded several state contracts, served as medical director of both the parish and Hammond City jails, practiced family medicine for 30 years and held the position of coroner for 14 years at a mid-sized Louisiana parish.

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