Comes the Darkness, Comes the Light: A Memoir of Cutting, Healing, and Hope by Vanessa Vega
Hardcover, 240 pages
Hardcover, 240 pages
very highly recommended
When Vanessa Vega would feel the darkness begin to come over her, she would do anything, hoping to escape it. Take a hot bath. Read a book. Watch TV. Talk to a friend. But then, finally, unable to fight it any longer, she would give in, head into the bathroom...and cut.
Comes the Darkness, Comes the Light is a disturbing yet ultimately redemptive and inspiring memoir of a young woman compelled to injure herself in an attempt to cope with her overwhelming feelings of anxiety in the only way she knew how. Though still unknown to many, this disorder affects an estimated one percent of the population...and is on the rise, especially among teens.
This affecting, heart-wrenching book follows author Vanessa Vega's progress as she climbs her way back to emotional health and rebuilds her life. Readers will go inside the mind of a "cutter," taking the journey with her as she struggles against her exhausting and shameful secret ritual.
As Vega faces the anger and insecurity that lead to each encounter—while working with a therapist to understand the real motivating factors behind her behavior—Comes the Darkness, Comes the Light reveals what brings many to this disorder...and what can lead them out. With stunning insight, Vega has written a moving first-person account of self-injury, struggle, and redemption.
In her memoir Comes the Darkness, Comes the Light: A Memoir of Cutting, Healing, and Hope, author Vanessa Vega shares a very personal account of her lifetime of struggle with self injury, mainly cutting, and an eating disorder. Vega opens with a personal letter where she tells the reader: "In the end, this is a story of forgiveness; redemption; and, ultimately, survival."( pg. xi) Most of the book recounts the painful realities Vega had to face in the group therapy sessions and the hard work this involved in order for her to recover. The memoir is extremely emotional to read, but hopeful.
Vega makes it clear that recovery is not easy, but she also wants everyone to know that there is hope. That you can forgive yourself, forgive others, and move on with your life without cutting. Even though Vega shares much of her personal story and struggles, there are also many things left unsaid. All in all, this is a raw, very personal account of one woman's experience with therapy and how it helped her heal. Reading Comes the Darkness, Comes the Light would be of great benefit to anyone, especially therapists, who is dealing with someone who self injures.
Very Highly Recommended