#amreading – What, Why, While :  Catch Me If I Fall by Nikki Rodwell @NikkiRodwell

What (am I currently reading)?

I am currently reading the memoir Catch Me if I Fall: How mental health broke my back but didn’t break me by Nikki Rodwell. It was published in July 2021 by Nixie Books, and I can tell you I am totally engrossed in it. 

Book Blurb (taken from  www.goodreads.com )

What happened?’ was the question on friends’ and family’s lips when Nikki Rodwell landed in hospital with a broken back and spinal cord injury during the summer of 2019. But neither she nor her husband could find the words to explain…

Nikki’s previous psychotic episodes had always been safely locked away under the guise of a nervous breakdown. She had lived her life in fear of the judgement of others, that they might think she was crazy. But this time was different. When a psychosis hit her out of the blue at the age of fifty-two, her hand would be forced; she would have to find a way to tell people what led to her tragic accident.

Tenacious, brave, but ultimately uplifting, Nikki’s honest account of her struggles addresses the stigmas of both mental health and disability. Nikki not only powers through adversity to prove the doctors wrong with their physical prognosis, but also addresses her mental health issues with an inner strength she never thought she had.

Why (have I chosen to read it)?

This has been recommended by many of my Twitter friends, and I was in the mood for something interesting and motivational. 

While (I  am reading it) 

Snow has been falling here, making everything very beautiful.  Whilst out walking in the local area, I came across this free range chicken, and this beautiful “Christmas tree”.  When out walking I always make a point of spotting at least 3 things that bring me joy. It was easy on this walk!

All the best, Emma

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