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

 

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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