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It's Not Your Journey

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In her first published work, Rebecca Lombardo collects her internationally followed blog into the pages of “It’s Not Your Journey”. The memoir candidly details Rebecca’s two year long chronicle of her struggles with Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Self-Injury, and recovery from a Suicide attempt. Rebecca shares her very real, raw feelings on these subjects, as well ...more
Paperback, First, 210 pages
Published August 21st 2015 by Pubkick
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Valerity (Val)
Rebecca Lombardo has a blog that is followed internationally, and she decided to take parts from it and turn it into a book so she could speak out about her long and painful battles with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and self-harming. She also shares how she fought her way back after a suicide attempt. She's had a really rough time of things and having a mental illness makes it even harder to cope with tragedies and setbacks when they come along. Things that many people can deal with be ...more
Kristen Darling
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once I started, I simply couldn't stop. Through each chapter, I found something that I could relate to, and there were so many times I thought "This is me! She is talking about me!"

This book just resonates on such a personal level - for anyone who has ever had any type of mental disorder - whether depression, anxiety, bipolar, or even simply stress - this book is an inspiration and a testament to the fact that you can survive and you are stronger than you think.

A telling, provocative tale that i
Margaret Daly
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing

It's Not Your Journey Rebecca Lombardo

Now, I'm definitely not the type to read self help books so I was a little hesitant on agreeing to read this book. However, once I began reading it was all over with. The raw emotion and personal experiences laid out for everyone to read gripped my heart and pulled me inside. I don' t think this could have been done any differently, and have the same affect on me. I'm positive this book will help many people, and I feel better having read it! #FDEOL
Balle Millner (Blogger, Freelance Writer, Aspiring Autho
"We all have our battle with self-esteem. Some don't like the way their hair looks while others don't like their nose. What we cannot do is let what some other small-minded person thinks of us change how we feel about ourselves." - Rebecca Lombardo, It's Not Your Journey

In her publishing debut memoir, It's Not Your Journey, Rebecca Lombardo tells the raw story of her struggle with her mental health. She tackles heart-breaking issues ranging from anxiety to her suicide attempt and the recovery as
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book reads like a diary, but it's supposed to. It's a true story based on what happened in the life of the author. The book is realistic, raw and honest. Some of it is so sad, it breaks your heart. Yes, it started out as a blog but has been adapted nicely into a book. I really just felt like I was reading a diary. It's not a work of fiction. This author suffered so much pain and heart ache and is putting it all out there for people to see. She is extremely brave to take this chance. I highl ...more
Sandy Hill
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not only did this book move me to tears, it also made me feel as if I've made a new friend. It felt like I was looking into a mirror. I've read other reviews and I just don't understand these horrible reviews. This woman ALMOST DIED!!! She turned her life around and is now trying to help people. The snide comments from people who so obviously know nothing of what it is to suffer like this, are unnecessary. I pity those people that are now so critical of someone so brave. I commend Rebecca for he ...more
Amanda Thomas
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I suffer from Bipolar Disorder myself. I usually do not read much, but once I started this book, I just couldn't stop. I can relate on so many levels and the things I can not relate to, gave me some in depth understanding. Great read for anyone who suffers from Bipolar Disorder and even for those who dont, but know someone who does. ...more
Tia Shurina
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As we deal with loss, longings & betrayals that come as part of life, we all yearn for "ease & grace" on our journey. For some, the path seems to overflow with an abundance of it. For others, the road traveled can be straddled with more struggle. Rebecca has faced more difficulty than many of us will have to endure as we make our ways, but her generosity of spirit & bravery to bare her soul so that another trying to navigate their own course might have more ease is inspiring. I was fed challengi ...more
Lavern Winters
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book chronicles the life of a woman living with bipolar disorder. Instead of learning about the disorder from a clinical perspective I was given a whole new insight on what it is like for the person who has to live it and deal with it on a day to day basis. There were passages that caused my heart to ache for her. Her story gave me a better understanding of the emotional turmoil people who live with bipolar disorder have to deal with. For anyone who lives with this disorder either personall ...more
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Someone very close to me suffers from Bipolar Disorder, and I picked up this book on a recommendation from a friend who suggested I read it. I'm very happy I took the advice. Reading this book helped me to understand better what my loved one goes through on a day-to-day basis. It's NOT a self-help "'You should or shouldn't do this' how-to" on life with Bipolar. It's a memoir, a diary of sorts, on what Ms. Lombardo has gone through in her life. Reading about some of her struggles, I was finally s ...more
Natalie Ducey
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
‘It’s Not Your Journey’ by Rebecca Lombardo is a powerful, poignant, and heart wrenching book. Mrs. Lombardo bravely shares her personal journey living with mental illness, and I have to commend her courage and strength to do so.
As Lombardo clearly states, this is not a self-help book with clinical advice, it’s her story – raw and candid. This material is needed for vast reasons. It shows the inner turmoil that few desire to talk about-understandably so-because it is not for the faint of heart;
Melanie Parks
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, mental-health
This is a look into what the author has gone through and is still dealing with. I cannot imagine what she has gone through, but I got an insider look when she describes it in depth. Rebecca,moray strong and keep writing! Thank you for helping to erase the stigma that's still there with mental illnesses. ...more
Troy Stewart
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book is easy to follow and has handy tips for just about anyone. I highly recommend this book to anyone with confidence issues. Let’s face it we all do.It turned out to be the best gift I've ever received. ...more
Shlia Clayton
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
it was a very great book!
Amanda Harras
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"It's Not Your Journey", by Rebecca Lombardo, is a collection of blog posts, over the course of 2 years in the author's life. This memoir type documentation is started off with a beautiful prologue by the author's husband.

In an educational sense, this book was very informative. Rebecca is very real and upfront in her descriptions of Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Self Harm, PTSD, and her survival of a suicide attempt. It helped give me a better sense of exactly how a person with mental
N.N. Light
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Lombardo is one of the bravest people I have had the pleasure to meet. Not does she battle her mental illness daily but she’s put into words her struggle with depression. I must warn you, this is not a happily ever after story of a woman who battled mental illness and is now peacefully happy like Laura Ingalls Wilder running in a field (Little House on a Prairie); it’s a constant struggle. She doesn’t pull any punches and each chapter is filled with stark truth and pain.

Rebecca talks ab
Kara Lauren
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a perfect read for National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Rebecca chronicles her struggles in a blog format, and you learn that she suffers from Bipolar Disorder. As the blog posts continue, she also suffers from PTSD, self-injury/self-mutilation, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and depression. Rebecca recalls her last suicide attempt and time spent in the hospital. Rebecca also writes about her journey with the book and publication towards the end.

There were many times
Wendie Barney boucher
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I always find it harder to critique memoirs than any other type of book, I think this is because I do not want to take away from what the author has gone through. With this memoir Lombardo allows the reader to see exactly how she is feeling but at the same time protecting those she might be referring to. This piece of writing is strictly about telling her story and how she feels, while also, hopefully helping others see that there is hope. ...more
Jana Dulaney
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review: Ms. Lombardo, has chosen to share her experiences and the pain that goes with her life with Bi-Polar, that she can help others navigate through the depression, the pain, the fears, the loneliness and self-doubt that everyone goes through at some point in their lives...even for so-called "normal" people. However, adding an invisible, mental illness such as being Bi-Polar to the stresses of every day life - somehow she deserves a medal for bravery too. Becoming her own advoca ...more
Ashley W.
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a brave soul to have written this book for the whole world to see her pain. I found it absolutely remarkable. I have a family member with bipolar, and this really shed some light on the whole situation. I applaud her courage and I hope she continues to write. The stigma around mental illness is appalling, and I hope that people like Miss Lombardo continue to keep fighting!
Marcia Martins
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
It is not easy for people who suffer from bipolar disorder to admit to themselves that they need help and it is more difficult to let everyone knows you have it. Rebecca Lombardo had the courage to write about it. She wrote a very touching memoir. I recommended it.
Cat Walker
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was very easy reading and I got it as a gift from my sister for an honest review.
The author should write more books. I found that I could relate to her story.
Thank you, Rebecca. Keep up the good work!
A. Musquiz
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was sent a review copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I don't read a ton of non-fiction books but from time to time I do pick one up just to step out of my comfort zone and read something different if I think it might be of interest and worth reading. This book was something that caught my attention and I'm really glad I ended up reading this one. This book follows the story of Rebecca and her journey with living with mental illness that includes depression, anxiet
Daniela Zekotic
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-chain
First of all, a big thank you to Rebecca Lombardo for letting me read her story for an honest review. I’m really happy I got the chance to get to know you and to be able to understand mental disorders better.
Secondly, to all the readers who disliked Rebecca’s story: don’t criticise someone’s life. If you don’t like her style of writing, fine. Don’t like the format of the book? Also fine. But don’t dislike her story, at least keep it to yourself and don’t publish a negative opinion. You can’t ch
Davina Lytle
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I follow Rebecca Lombardo on Twitter, as well as on Facebook and I won an autographed copy of her book in a contest. I started reading it the day it arrived; which was a Friday and I had finished reading it less than three days later - Sunday morning.
The prologue written by her husband was so eloquently written that I cried because I felt so happy that Rebecca has someone in her life that truly loves her and with mental illness, that isn’t always the case. People with mental illness are conside
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads-won
I like memoirs & this isn't an exception! It's the story of a young woman & her journey with mental illness. Mental illness--that word means so many things, to so many people. To those not understanding it, usually first thing comes to mind is a certain Alfred Hitchcock movie....or maybe even worse. To those with it, it's a diagnosis like any other medical condition. Stigma is a huge reason many people suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar etc, don't seek help for it because of the stigma ...more
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, non-fiction
A solid heartfelt book. A testimony to all that mental illness is an uncompromising disease. A must to-read for those feeling alone with their illnesses. Give to family and friends that don't seem to understand the mental health struggles of so many of us. ...more
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
As published on PsychCentral:

A memoir, by nature, is an essay on a learned subject or an account written from personal knowledge. Most memoirs are picked up and read to understand a person, their story, and their internal motivations. In the case of It’s Not Your Journey by Rebecca Lombardo, memoir takes on both meanings. In this brutally honest, real-time account of a life consumed by anxiety, bipolar swings, and the struggle that results, Lombardo offers an honest look at mental illness as it
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, so thank you to Goodreads and all involved. I am grateful for many reasons.

I started reading this book the day I received it. I read half the book in one sitting! So insightful that it would have been a 2 day read, but I got sick and several other situations came along in my life that stopped me from reading it (or doing anything else) sooner. So I apologize for taking so long to get this review out there.

I can truly relate to Author Rebecca Lombardo as I
Elizabeth Brico
(I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review; I also conducted an e-interview which you can read on

'It’s Not Your Journey' is a fairly slim book that I was able to finish in a handful of days, but it packs two years into those 200 pages, and the story they tell is one you’re not likely to read again.

The book is organized as a series of journal-like blog posts. Each are highly personal, and each describe a different aspect of life wi
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