DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
Unbreakable Me: Still I Rise by Elizabeth Graybill
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I know the struggles of addiction first-hand. First, my father was an alcoholic. Then, after my back surgery, I became addicted to Fentanyl patches. My father never could or wouldn't stop drinking no matter what. I think I was one of the fortunate ones as I finally was weaned off the Fentanyl patch after eleven years of being on it. Was it a struggle? Absolutely. One thing I promised myself was that I would never be in that position again. Then, I was in a near-fatal car crash breaking my ulna, radius, fractured two vertebras, fractured my shoulder and tore my rotator cuff. If that wasn't enough to send me back onto pain meds, I don't know what is. However, I kept my promise to myself and did not return to pain meds. I share this story because I can relate to today's BOOK OF THE DAY, by Elizabeth Graybill, called "Unbreakable Me: Still I Rise." Whoa! Is this book worth reading and sharing? Absolutely. Elizabeth is a true survivor and is also very inspiring. Although there are no two stories alike, we all face demons, either from others or within ourselves. Elizabeth turned an extremely difficult childhood into something positive and gives us all hope. I highly recommend this book.
Unbreakable Me will take you inside of Elizabeth's reality as a child, and the unimaginable life she lived for many years until she found the hope and the strength to continue to live. She takes you on an unthinkable journey into the life as she remembers a little girl born bi-racial to a mother who was white, and into a family where racism plagued her very existence from the time, she was born that mentally and emotionally almost destroyed her entire being. Also, this story sets her on this journey to redemption!
Elizabeth is a 55-yearbiracial woman who grew up in anall-White family where racism existed, and she was reminded of that as a child often. She is a person who has fought to fit in all my life never being fully accepted by the only family she ever knew with no knowledge of who her father was or any of his family for 54 years. She is a survivor of child sexual abuse and child prostitution, and a recovering addict, nine years strong from alcohol and drugs.