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Leila Tualla

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Leila Tualla is a Filipino-American memoirist, poet, and Christian author. Leila’s books include a YA Christian contemporary romance called, Love, Defined and a memoir/poetry collection called Storm of Hope: God, Preeclampsia, Depression and me. Her poetry is featured in two mental health anthologies, Letters of May and We are Not Alone: stories of mental health awareness. Leila is a contributing blogger for Daughters of the Deep, a faith based ministry and Echoes of the Struggle, a blog that aims to discuss political, racial, and personal views from today’s changing and volatile climate. She is currently working on a poetry collection based on Asian American stereotypes, titled the Token Asian writes. Leila lives in Houston, Texas with her ...more

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Leila Tualla I am working on a memoir called Preeclampsia can SUCK it. It will detail my anxiety ridden pregnancy, my bout and fight with postpartum depression, an…moreI am working on a memoir called Preeclampsia can SUCK it. It will detail my anxiety ridden pregnancy, my bout and fight with postpartum depression, and the experiences I had from having Preeclampsia, and going through NICU all over again. Preeclampsia is sucks, and the diagnosis during the second pregnancy nearly undid me. This is me, fighting back with words and hope for all the mamas who may be afraid to try again because of their first experience with Preeclampsia. I'm still processing, and still have nightmares but Preeclampsia can SUCK it, because this survivor is done and fighting back. (less)
Leila Tualla In 2004, I was in college, and living with my 2 childhood best friends. College was FUN. But I can see where a lot of us stray, and get disillusioned …moreIn 2004, I was in college, and living with my 2 childhood best friends. College was FUN. But I can see where a lot of us stray, and get disillusioned in being a Christian. I journaled my hypocrisy. I cried over being pulled in two. On the one hand, I was in college, and wanted the college experience, and I was also your typical 20 yr old…I didn’t want to be an outcast, especially by my friends. I also didn’t know what I wanted to be, or who I was. I started to chronicle my bargaining, and pleading with a God that I questioned. My words became my conviction. The pages began to fill with my lack of fervor in my faith, the consequences and support of friendships…..somehow, I managed to write the basis for Love, Defined. In my ramblings, I shaped Alex, one of the main characters.
She was a mix of the old me, questioning about faith, and devotion in our actions, but I wish I was as strong in her stance. She was the person I simultaneously wanted to be, and someone I wanted to shake.(less)
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In one week, a storm is coming

In exactly one week, I will be 35! I don't know if that's considered middle age.... don't huff, I seriously don't know!

I had an anxiety attack last night when it hit me that people will be reading my words. These words were written with tears and desperation, and I thought what if someone I know reads them? Would I still be able to look them in the eyes?

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Absolutely beautiful and lyrical. I read a lot of poetry but this by far moved me. I’m a “cradle Catholic” and understood the painful dichotomy of what being a woman in the church meant and what servitude was supposed to look like. It pulls you in tw ...more
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