"5150" One Who Flew Into The Cuckoos Nest
Writing this book was the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life. Writing a book is a funny thing. In order to write a good book I had to believe in myself and I also had to believe that my audience would like reading the book too. So in a way, I had to get myself excited about the material. But here is the tricky part, what if somewhere in all my excitement of writing this book I lost the perspective of how my audience would like reading it? What if I made it out to be more then it was? I felt I had reached that point and I put the book aside. I had been writing now for several years and at the end I almost gave up. That is until my dear friend Sam Vaknin Ph.D. offered to read it and give me an honest feedback. Sam is a prolific writer and he has written thousands of professional essays on mental health topics. He is most famous for his book Malignant Self Love: Narcissism Revisited (http://samvak.tripod.com) that has helped many confused and abused people, and their healers. He is an Internet Icon in professional and consumer circles alike. I was excited that Sam took the time and gave me constructive feedback. In a big way, Sam resurrected my book that might not have been written. This is my acknowledgment to Sam for his helpful feedback and encouragement.
I also thank Cristina for her commitment to our friendship. I thank my good friend Gloria who stuck with me through my transition. I thank my friend Garry who helped pick me up every time I asked him for his help. I thank my family and friends who helped and encouraged me along the way.
Even after all that Iíve been though with friends and family, we are all still very close. I still have my 4-best-friends, Cristina, Gloria, Jennie and Gina. I am very lucky indeed.
And, in memory of my wonderful friend, Susan Fredman.
Kathi Ann Stringer