As mentioned in the title, this is my personal recovery story with my personal insights. I have a huge fear that those who read my book will think I am too mentally ill to be helping others (warning, this is not a book about all the wonderful things I have done). However, I also have hope that those with serious mental illness can read this book and be inspired to not give up on themselves simply because they have mental illness AND to write their own recovery story! Having mental illness is not something I am proud of, but I have worked hard to no longer feel ashamed. This book is part of my recovery. I hid my mental illness for far too long. The process of sharing my experience, strength, and hope, as is done within other recovery communities, was essential for my growth. I am grateful for being alive despite my various suicide attempts. I am strong, resilient, and loveable!