Avidreader18 says:

I’m just reading the book and half way through. I love Kassie and especially love the person Robin is. He is such a good soul, and feeling at times defeated, he does not abandon her. This book makes me feel a lot of emotions. There are people in this world that are kind, trustworthy, loyal and loving.

I will be giving my full review this weekend after I”m finished reading.

I also loved the videos on the author’s website. It was great to hear her voice and see her personality. She had so many great qualities…humor, storytelling, perkiness and very attractive. In the interviews she looks like she could be a friend.

Thank you Robin…there is a place in paradise for you.

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This entry was posted on April 6, 2013. 1 Comment

There were moments that just brought me tears.

I just wanted to take some time to thank you for writing Love Me, and more importantly for having taken the time to get to know Kassi. I just finished the book and there were moments that just brought me tears. Your book has made me even more motivated to finish my substance abuse and treatment studies in the hopes that one day I can help people like Kassi, so thank you for being such a great person and for telling such an important and unfortunately tragic story.
Francisco
This entry was posted on October 11, 2012. 2 Comments

Spumoni ice cream with two shades of cool whip!!!

Before I moved to Anchorage, I was not sure how my life was going to turn out, I knew that I wanted to do something at least useful, do something, anything. I read everything I could get my hands on, not just with suicide but other areas which caused a loss of hope as well.

Along my journey I met Robin who sent me the following message. Robin and I worked on his book called, “Love Me,” it talks about just a young lady’s life and going through so many decisions she made in order to survive while using drugs, being abused, and being bipolar, when I was reading through the many drafts we sent back and forth, and when it was finally published brought so many things together! I looked at the book and finally the pictures he added at the end, it was only then I put a face to the many things this young lady experienced in her life. We’ve come a long way to help those who are reaching out for help, and thank you Robin for sharing the story attached to this Email with me but for your insight on the many issues our young women may be facing.

And yes, while reading this, I thought of you today my friends and I appreciate the work you do.

As I shared with Robin, my choice is spumoni ice cream with two shades of cool whip.

Barbara J Franks

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Here is the E-mail message I sent. It is  going around the web inbox to inbox.

Robin

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For those who understand, no explanation is needed.

For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

One day I had lunch with some friends. Jim , a short, balding golfer type about 80 years old, came along with them—all in all, a pleasant bunch.

When the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Jim who said, “Ice Cream, please. Two scoops, chocolate.

I wasn’t sure my ears heard right, and the others were aghast. “Along with heated apple pie,” Jim added, completely unabashed.

We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time.. But when our orders were brought out, I didn’t enjoy mine.

I couldn’t take my eyes off Jim as his pie a-la-mode went down. The other guys couldn’t believe it. They ate their lunches silently and grinned.

The next time I went out to eat, I called and invited Jim . I lunched on white meat tuna. He ordered a parfait.

I smiled. He asked if he amused me

I answered, “Yes, you do, but also you confuse me.

How come you order rich desserts, while I feel I must be sensible? He laughed and said “I’m tasting all that is Possible.

I try to eat the food I need, and do the things I should. But life’s so short, my friend, I hate missing out on something good.

This year I realized how old I was. (He grinned) I haven’t been this old before.”

“So, before I die, I’ve got to try those things that for years I had ignored.

I haven’t smelled all the flowers yet. There are too many trout streams I haven’t fished. There’s more fudge sundaes to wolf down and kites to be flown overhead.

There are too many golf courses I haven’t played. I’ve not laughed at all the jokes. I’ve missed a lot of sporting events and potato chips and cokes.

I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace.

I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast. I want un-timed long distance calls to the folks I love the most.

I haven’t cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind on my face. I want to be in love again.

So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before night fall, I’d say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart’s desire. I had that final chocolate mousse before my life expired.”

With that, I called the waitress over.. “I’ve changed my mind, ” I said. “I want what he is having, only add some more whipped cream!”

We need an annual Friends Day! Live well, love much & laugh often – Be happy.

Be mindful that happiness isn’t based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people we like and respect. Remember that while money talks, CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM SINGS!

Book discussion questions and comments

I have had requests from some of those who have read the book Love Me. Some ask questions about Kassi. Most want to comment or share stories about Kassi, tell parts of their story in brief, and several who knew Kassi, want to correct some points in the book. I would hope that you all help this story along because this is not just one story about one little girl, it is –and shamefully so– a continuing story about many children growing up in a world of abuse, sex, drugs and violence. Then sadly they find that they are bipolar and out of control. Bless you all !!! Robin

Kassi 2002

Comments Sent to me from Readers of Love Me.

I have recently started working in the mental health field and I love reading memoirs. Thank you. I love your book- Ashley
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I just finished reading your book about Kassi. I could not put it down. The book has touched me in a way I cannot even explain. As a recovering addict, I always wanted to tell my story and write a book, so to read about Kassi blew me away. Although Kassi and I lived two different lives, I truly believe I could have very easily been Kassi some day.

I laughed reading the book, cried and could not stop crying when I went to the website. Seeing pictures of Kassi made the book even more real to me. I am going to honor Kassi by having one of her pieces of artwork tattooed on me, so I never forget her or where I could end up.

Thank you,

Marcia

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Mr. Swartz,
I would like you to know how beautiful and touching your book is. Once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. The life Kassi lived could have been my life if I had a family like she did. I had the same troubling childhood and was a wreck until I was diagnosed as being BP2 in my mid 20s which made me understand my need for drugs and alcohol only during certain times and not others. I would go through sobriety at length and then just need to feel some good so I would start over again. I understand the need to quiet my mind, the need for a little peace that only drinking and drugs give. Because I do not have psychotic episodes I didn’t have the same need as Kassi did so I didn’t get that far. I have a great mother who would notice when my illness started to get bad and would make sure I got help, plus I have a beautiful daughter that I didn’t want to lose because of my behavior so I am better. I have gotten off topic, I wanted to let you know that your book helped me. I have wanted to go back to church for so long, but I thought I had fallen out of grace with God and he wouldn’t accept broken me. I thought I would have to straighten up my life and be near perfect to show him that I was worth coming. Now with Kassi’s story I now know that is no longer the truth and I would like to thank you so much, more than you will ever know.

TNT

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My name is Beth and I am a 37 year old single mother of four children. Only one of my children live with me. Today is the my five year anniversary in Narcotics Anonymous (NA). I just finished reading your book and ended with tears in my eyes. I feel like you told my story. Kassi and I had many similarities with addiction and bipolar disorder, the only difference being that I had not yet prostituted myself when I got clean. If fact, since getting and staying clean in 2007. I have been off of all of my medicine except the Prozac. Turns out dope affects your moods…how about that?

I have found that it is common around our anniversaries to have a difficult time emotionally and mentally. We reflect back and think we should be further than where we are in life and are full of guilt, remorse and shame over the pain we have caused ourselves and others. Getting high is never far from my mind, but I don’t obsess like I used to. The using dreams have lessened. Over the past few weeks I have been romancing that lifestyle and I read your book. Kassi’s story kept me clean and your courage in writing it and the empathy you showed may have saved my recovery. Thank you for giving us a voice. You gave a voice, not just to Kassi, but to all of us.
    Light and Love coming your way. God Bless you and cover you with his angels!!!!
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