It’s My Life and I’ll Cry If I Want Too: The Diary of a Bipolar Woman is a riveting account of one woman’s journey through mental illness. It’s about the valleys that Kimberly Holmes endured and the mountains that she climbed in order to understand herself and her illness. Kimberly chronicles her tumultuous confrontations with death and heartening resolutions in finding the will to live.
Kimberly Holmes was born in Detroit, Michigan. When she was nine years old, she moved with her parents to San Diego, California. At fifteen, she and her siblings were placed in the state’s foster-care system. Despite her difficult childhood, Kimberly graduated from high school and acquired a position with the federal government. At twenty-eight—after the birth of her son—she was diagnosed with clinical depression; three years later, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Hello, my name is “Jinnah” and this is my story—how one black woman made it from death to glory. You’re probably thinking, “Does this bitch mean literally or figuratively?” Well, both. Now, I know that Jesus Christ is supposed to be the only resurrected body and soul (being a preacher’s daughter and all), but I honestly believe I died three times (that I know of) and came back to life.
Let’s get one thing straight—I’m no saint, nor do I profess to be holier than thou. But I do love Jesus, and I believe in divine purpose. The reason is not so much that the Bible told me so; I had to challenge the Word to believe in divine purpose for myself. Before I began this book, I thought my life was my own—for the keeping or the taking—but divine purpose stepped in and showed me differently. It took literally falling on my face, losing everything material that I owned, and practically ending my life. The wonderful result is that in the falling, I found life in the arms of death.
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