It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here: What I Meant When I Said I’m Fine.
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“How are you?”
I’m on the edge.
As the title suggests, these poems are the result of around a decade of battles fought from behind the mask of “I’m Fine”.
In this collection, I rip off the mask and expose the reality of a journey through a life shaped by various mental health diagnoses, trauma, pain, and most recently, an adult autism diagnosis.
This book explores themes such as hidden suffering, grief, isolation, abuse, identity, shame, stigma, neurodivergence, courage, freedom, growth, and hope.
It is my hope that these words reach others who have fallen into the “I’m Fine” trap; to offer solidarity, comfort, and most importantly, encouragement to speak their truth too.
Page count: 115 pages
Category: Poetry (Books)
About the author
Hazel Gahagan is a queer, autistic writer from Derbyshire, England.
When she’s not writing, she can usually be found exploring weird internet rabbit-holes, volunteering at her local library, making lists, reading, napping, dad-dancing, living in a daydream, or tweeting nonsense into the void.
Her heart belongs to her cats: Anna and Elsa.
You can find Hazel on Twitter @thepatchworkfox.
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