Booties And The Beast kind which reuire you to take time off your life in order to address them Theind that reuires tens of thousands of rands to be sorted out In hindsight I realise that I was a bit haste in my judgementI loved Melinda s honest account Her drug filled existence couldn t be called a life A life is full of promise hope a better tomorrow Her drug filed existence was so fast Even the narration demands that one reads in a fast pace I guess drugs do that Your life literally passes you buy Your days are about getting drugs and getting high That s it The END But she lived to tell the taleThe recovery period was slow long and painful I was hit by the phrase Getting clean and staying stopped Willing your body and mind off the drugs every second Minute Hour Day Week Months Years The narrative is meaty and wordy I coud feel her reclaiming her life Her senses I felt her detetmination to be to have and to do better I felt her wanting better for her body and soul in order to be a better mother daughter sister partner and employee I was rooting for her and suealing in delight when she went on a solo trip to Mozambiue Melinda it is truly in acknowledging our weaknesses do we embrace our strengthsAddiction at any form takes so much away from a person It especially roots out your self confidence your self belief It weakens everything about you It is a disease of CAN Ts You become dysfunctionalRebuilding her life one brick at a time Waking up with a clear plan Remembering to perform minute ablution tasks Eating for nourishment Willing her mind to think positive thoughts one syllable at a time Planning to work at it and WORKING THE PLANA true account of beating addiction Living your best life and working at beating addiction one day at a timeHighly recommended 5 PHAT STARS NB An academic was heard at a literary festival saying thatIF SOMEONE SAYS THAT THEY VE READ YOUR BOOK IN A SINGLE SITTING BE AFRAID BE VERY AFRAID Very hard
to read emotionally I read this book in one sitting i could not put it down When iread emotionally I read this book in one sitting i could not put it down When i finished i felt drained emotionally It was a gift to be able to get a glimpse of het mind and her journey This book will shake you to your very core This is a very brave very raw account of the life of an addict At times I wasn t sure if I could push on any further as the no holds barred storytelling burns shocking imagery into your imagination with every page Every parent should read this It will remind you to never say neve. A not only survived but recovered to tell this harrowing tale of how an intelligent middle class girl from Joburg hits rock bottom face first and claws her way back to redemption.
Melinda Ferguson ½ 2 ReviewStop smoking I have not touched a cigarette for 2 years and hope never too either but you never now A shocking moving and haunting read This book rings with truth and conviction I bought this book because I wanted to
understand what drug addicts really live like and what drives them to become that way especially todaywhat drug addicts really live like and what drives them to become that way especially today so much awareness I have to say that it was terrifying revolting and heartbreaking I still do not understand why they become addicts to begin with as mostlythey now what they re getting intobut this book has shown me how awful life as an addict is It made me as merely a reader feel completely insecure and unsafe with my surroundings yet also it brought me to tears and moved me to my core I cannot and absolutely would not want to imagine actually having to live like that That said Melinda Ferguson is a fantastic writer and this book was utterly gripping Her writing style really captures how time unconscious life as an addict isand how events mix up and blur Her story is definitely not linear but somehowshe still puts everything in place
and I loved it An emotional onslaught It took me 8 days to read this 8 days of cryingI loved it An emotional onslaught It took me 8 days to read this 8 days of crying Reflecting uestioning 8 days of Girl why you gone on and did that to your self 8 days of wanting to claw at the words and BITCH SLAP Melinda 8 days of Hey this life is challenging enough with a strong body and mind why do you weaken yourself like thatMelinda gave me a harrowingly chilling account of her drug filled life in the underbelly of Johannesburg Hillbrow Why do they call it Little Lagos beats me Maybe it is the chaotic disorderly mess that it isI read this with a held breath till page 141 when Melinda s ids are literally ripped from her Then I exhaled My heart was
of joy Joy at her babies getting the nourishment to create and sustain healthy bodies Joy that her boys will now have a fighting chance at life Joy that her boys will grow up surrounded by functioning adults doing normal life sustaining tasks Like eating Having a positive purpose Joy that someone loves them enough to put them firstA bittersweet moment for Melinda I thought that it was going to be a wakeup call for her A defining moment where she realises that this is it This drugging has to stop This is the time that she reclaimed her lifeBut she went on 6 weeks of madness Utter uncontrollable chaos A death wish A twisted satanic cry for help Was she trying to mask the hurt of having her ids taken away from her by her mother in law I first read 6 Weeks In Hell in the Sept 2001 edition of True Love magazine and I was shocked beyond measure Shaken to the core My ids were toddlers then 5 and 2 years old I must admit that I was disgusted by Melinda s behaviour Selfish I shouted Husband her two children and in a gruelling finale to six years of remorseless self destruction herself Rescued from the maw of Hillbrow's drug and prostitution underworld Melind. I don t enjoy misery memoirs and found large chunks of this honest easy to read account of the author s drug addiction and eventual recovery relentlessly harrowing hence 3 instead of 4 stars I started reading it because I now the author have addicts in my familial genepool and wanted insight I An Unsafe Haven kept reading because even as the story got and wretched the writing had a sparkle and a flow thateeps the eyes racing over theFull Of Joy Joy At Her Babies Getting The Nourishment
pages Recommended for everyone wrestling with addiction their own or that ofRecommended for everyone wrestling with addiction their own or that of ones also an effortless read not intimidating or preachy at all This is a definite must read Melinda takes you on her journey to drug addiction losing everything and getting back up You will want to put the book down because you can t believe what just happened but you will uickly pick it up because you want to now what happens next It is one of my best reads this year This took me on a roller coaster ride There were times that I hoped it would end soon then when I started getting to the end I hoped there was a seuel Melinda has bared her soul lived a train of traumas and constantly addressed the sorry s necessary in living well It s palpable that
s she s doing her utmost best to live a path with heart and walk her talk It sshe s doing her utmost best to live a path with heart and walk her talk It s to say sorry but what are you going to do about it Some of my favorite uotes I now nothing but that to die is not that easy and to live is not easy either Don t flirt with Heroin it will Marry You Addiction is like an insidious cancer that stays hidden it lurks waiting Sometimes it slides into remission There are people four eleven or twenty years clean and sober who all say that unless they stay connected to the fellowship they will use Unless they stay vigilant and in the programme they will use Sometimes I long for release from the restlessness of reality I think this is often what starts the need to numbaddiction How my strength is my weakness And then it hits me like a lightening flash there is no one ending There are just endless possibilities of life As I got into the loop of reaching out of myself to other people I became full with something intangible something that was far satisfying than any drug I had ever used The I gave the I got insteadIt is miraculous how the words gather beside one another to portray a lifea whole lifemy life In Melinda s own words that s exactly how I felt a beautifully written human story that will stay with me for a long long time One never uite understands how a person can be addicted to drugs or alcohol After reading this book I sort of decided not to be too judgmental on people that have addictive personalities I think this book also spurred me on to stop my smoking habit of 28 years If some one can give up drugs I certainly could try to. For six years Melinda Ferguson was driven by one motivating force the next hit For this she would abandon her promising film making career lose her comfortable suburban home her.