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I just wanted to take a minute to share how much I enjoyed Cynthia’s book, “Life is Like a Line”. I found it to be very informative as to what it’s like to live with Bipolar Disorder, and how the symptoms affect everyday life. In fact, I think it’s the best description I’ve read on the racing, disordered thoughts, rapid speech and thoughts, and other symptomatic brain issues that accompany the disorder. Cynthia’s journaling style was very effective for her topic, and I feel certain that many people who read it will relate and be encouraged to know that they are not alone.

I must say that Cynthia’s poem “A Message to My Mother” on page 226 moved me to tears. Especially the last line. Profound beyond words. I will always remember, “You should have loved …. me!”

Thanks again for this book. It touched my heart and soul.

God Bless,
Sharon Rudy, MA, LPC, LLMFT
Legacy Counseling Center
Individual and Family Therapy

Cynthia Sabotka’ is a very brave woman. She opens up the windows of her mind allowing one to vicariously visit her daily world of extreme challenges, while she walks with bipolar as her partner on this journey we call life.

She is brave, because our society attaches so much stigma to any form of mental illness. We commonly speak of it in a whisper or simply and quickly sweep it under the rug. This memoir will prove to be a great learning tool for the reader, providing understanding of the illness as well as functioning as one more needed catalyst to lifting the stigma of poor mental health. Ms. Sabotka has provided us with a compelling read. I will be recommending this book to the family and loved ones of my bipolar clients.

Charmaine “Charli” Schulman, Ph.D., P.L.C.
Specializing in depression, anxiety and panic disorders.

This is one of the most insightful, and emotional books that I have read on Bipolar Disorder. It is a book that I have recommended to all my Psychology students.

There are so many misconceptions in our society of people who are diagnosed with mental health issues. The author in her own story gives us great insight into what it is like to live in a world where her moods are all over the place. Even those who live in this world cannot explain to others what they are living.

Imagine having an illness that takes over your life; each day is a struggle and many disbelieve what you are experiencing. I think that not only was this book therapeutic for the author, but also gives everyone some insight that what happens on a daily basis.

The author was not diagnosed until her 40’s. Yet she lived everyday in hell trying to figure out what was going on with her. Many go untreated due to lack of information from the medical profession. Once people learn you have Bipolar they treat you as if you were a monster.

Even as a Psychologist, it is very difficult to get family, friends and co-workers to understand the disease and that if treated the individual can live a good life. I appreciate the author’s writing about this subject and the personal experiences she had and how she came to realize it was running in her family and what she has done to educate herself and others.

A truly amazing read.

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Life Is Like a Line: A Memoir of Moods, Medication, and Mania is Cynthia M. Sabotka’s remarkable journey into her life as she struggles with a mood disorder. For many years Cynthia attempted to run from the conflicting emotions she found herself fighting against but you can’t run from yourself – you can’t out run what’s inside of you. For many years she dealt with highs and lows of alternating moods that just kept getting worse with fluctuating levels of intensity, unaware of their cause or direction. After her father’s death with family problems mounting and the stress building up Cynthia embarked upon the journey of self discovery.

She began seeing a psychiatrist and tried numerous different medications to treat her condition known today as bi-polar disease. Even though it took a lot of time to find the proper medications to help her condition Cynthia never gave up and is now living life on the line. Life on the line means no more irrational, unpredictable ups and downs but instead a study and predictable life.

Life Is Like a Line is a well-written and engrossing book. I admire Cynthia’s honesty and courage in telling her story and it is my hope it will help others to overcome the stigma attached to suffering from a mood disorder. Life Is Like a Line is a story of triumph and a must read for anyone who suffers from or knows someone who suffers from bi-polar disease.

Connie Harris
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