This is a courageous, moving, and powerful memoir from one of Canada’s best-known feminists. It is an incredible untold story of Judy Rebick’s struggle with depression and Dissociative Identity Disorder. It is very raw, honest, and yet inspiring. It shows the reader that regardless of our challenges, we can all transcend our problematic backgrounds, one moment and one breath at a time.
In this riveting memoir, Judy Rebick tells the story the eleven personalities she developed in order to help her cope with and survive childhood abuse.
In this book, Rebick chronicles her struggle with depression in the 1980s when she became a high-profile spokesperson for the pro-choice movement during the fight to legalize abortion.
It was in the 1990s when she took on her biggest challenge as a public figure by becoming the president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. It is here that her memories began to surface and become too persistent to ignore.
Rebick reveals her moment of discovery, meeting the eleven personalities, uncovering her repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse, and then communicating with each personality in therapy and on the page in a journal–all of this while she was leading high-profile struggles against a Conservative government.
This book is a fascinating, hearth breaking, but ultimately empowering story. With courage and honesty, Rebick lays bare the public and private battles that have shaped her life.
I loved this book, despite the fact that I felt very sad as I read it. It is a book that inspired all of us to do something about our past and to move past it and not get too stuck in its quagmire.