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Mercury Detox: Coming Soon to a Memoir Near You!

April 7, 2011

I’ve been working hard this month, finishing and editing a memoir about my whole mercury experience. I’m really looking forward to launching my book, and yet, I also feel something like stage fright. I’m stepping out into the public eye, and facing my audience. By publishing, I’m inviting countless strangers to listen to my story.

And what is that story about?

A condition that millions of people don’t even believe exists. It’s pretty much a given that I’m going to be rejected and ridiculed by lots of people before they even pick up the book.

I don’t worry about that. Why? Because I’m not writing this book for them.

And what about the people who do pick this book up and actually read it?

They’ll meet me at my sickest. My weakest. They will travel alongside me through a period of my life when I was least presentable, most vulnerable. They will watch mercury threaten my grip on reality. They’ll see all of the mistakes I made, the stupid things I believed, the ridiculous things I said.

Wait a minute. Do I really want to do this?

It’s guaranteed that some of my readers won’t get me. My book won’t speak to them. They’ll come away from it wondering, Why the hell did she have to go on and on in technicolor detail about what a mess she was? And on and on about that crazy chelation cleanse? What a bore.

Here’s the thing, I’m not writing this book for these people either.

Whenever I feel the nervousness, the stage fright creeping in, I remind myself who I’m doing this for.

I’m writing it for people who are struggling with mercury right now. Struggling hard. I’m writing this story to send out a message: You are not alone. You are not imagining what is happening to you. I know that there are people out there who don’t believe you, but I believe you. I know because it happened to me.

I’m writing this book for the people who are doing their first round of chelation, wondering, What am I getting myself into? Has this really worked for anybody? What did it really feel like?

I’m writing this book for the people worried about their sweethearts, the mothers waking up in the middle of the night to give their sons their dose of ALA. The person you love so much may not be able to explain what they’re going through, mercury may have temporarily taken that away from them. But my book can tell you something about what it’s like. It speaks from a similar place.

Thinking about my real audience dissolves all of the nerves and stage fright. In fact, it makes me write faster. This book isn’t for everyone, but the people who need it need it now.

They need it yesterday.

Watch this space…The first pages of my memoir Getting The Mercury Out will be posted here next week…

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sunshine permalink
    April 12, 2011 8:29 am

    I agree. Same reasons and reasoning I am writing My Story.

  2. April 12, 2011 10:27 am

    It’s one of my stumbling blocks. I get tempted to try to write something that will please everybody in the world. But that is literally impossible. There are books that I have absolutely adored, thought were wonderfully written, and I’ve talked to other people about them and they thought they were only so-so or even boring.

    I accept now that you can’t please all the people all the time. So it’s best to focus on pleasing the people that you actually can please. Don’t dilute your message to make it more palatable to some theoretical critic out there who’s never going to end up liking it no matter what you do.

    Speak from the heart to your real audience.

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