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Sarah Burleton was born in a little town in Illinois to a very emotionally disturbed woman. Her first book, "Why Me" chronicles the abuse she experienced at the hands of her mother throughout her entire childhood. She has made it her life's goal to get her story out to the world and to become an ambassador to children who are experiencing the same frightening childhood that she experienced.
This was an extremely difficult book for me to write as many of you can imagine. In order to make the reader understand how I felt at a certain age or a certain time, I had to relive experiences that I never wanted to remember again. Many times, I would write a few pages or an entire chapter and then not come back to writing it again for 2 to 3 weeks at a time.
I debated a long time on how much to include in the book. If I were to write about every horrific experience that I had growing up - it would have turned into a 500 page book. I do feel that the experiences I wrote about in the book were the ones that really affected me long term and were ones I wasn't willing to forget about over time. It is because of these incidents that I still struggle with an eating disorder, why I still can't look people in the eyes when I talk to them and why I have such a hard time trusting people. While there were other incidents that would have made my readers cringe and cry (like Mom making me brush my teeth with Comet) - as an abused child - incidents like that were so normal that it all seemed to run together and I couldn't remember how old I was when certain events happened or what house we lived in. I do know that when I talk about my abuse, the incidents I wrote about are the ones I can't let go of and that I remember as if they all happened yesterday.
However, I found that with each word, sentence, paragraph and chapter I completed, it helped me come to terms with the abuse I endured. Actually reading what I went through myself helped me to realize that I really was the victim in the entire situation and that I wasted so many years feeling guilty for something I was not responsible for. If anyone can take anything away from this book - it is my hope that it is inspiration - inspiration for others to share their stories and hopefully get some peace in their lives. After every beating my mother gave me - it was so important to me to find something positive to cling on to - something to convince me to wake up the next morning. It may sound cheesy and silly to some, but that's how I got through it - day after day.
I will never understand why my mother treated me so poorly and I feel I have wasted too much of my life trying in vain to understand. I will however, do everything in my power to help any child suffering as I suffered. I pray for all of you suffering and I love you all.
The books a fast good read read i cried reading it many times and i cant believe how she made it throu but i feel for sarah as my mother wasnt tht great either but im sorry sarah and for anyone who wants to read this its really inspiring
This book was amazing. I feel your pain and sorrow, Sarah. God bless your soul! :)
Im so sorry about the tough times in your life. I hope you carry on with the beautiful life you started. Your book made me cry and made me sad about what happened. Stay strong for your husband and children. You are an insperation for abused children...
God bless you......