I live in Ontario, Canada with my two dogs Ace and Rielly. When those two goofballs aren't commanding my attention I usually find myself gaming, taking in some television, partaking in some landscape photography, watching hockey, spending some quality time with family and friends, or writing. I wouldn't say I have the most interesting of lives, nor the best, but I can say that I am proud of where I am right now. There is certainly more I want to do, and I know that I can always improve my situation, I just look around at the people in my life and see how good I have it. 

My past involves a bunch of stories just like any normal person, and those stories didn't always conclude in pleasant ways. I still struggle with my mental health every day, but I'm not afraid to admit it anymore. This section is for you to get to know me a bit and my battle with my mental health is a big part of my life story. It's had big impacts on who I am and where I am; I don't think I should hide it. 

I should say that while my past was riddled with struggles, it was also full of wonderful moments and incredible people. I rarely look back and wish things went differently because everything that happened led me to a place where I embraced my love for writing. 

Writing is one of my greatest passions. It helped me get through tough moments in my life, but it always felt more than just a coping mechanism. Realizing being an author is what I wanted to be took me a long time, but I don't regret the journey that I had to take to get there.

Pursuing the career of an author was encouraged by many, but my best friends Mackenzie and Rey were and are still my greatest supporters. They convinced me to keep going no matter how much my mental health got in the way, and then I did the best thing I could have done for myself; I started going to therapy. With the support of my best friends, my family and my therapist I reached this moment in my life where I'm writing about myself on my own website, promoting a book I wrote.

A long time ago, an old teacher of mine said "You are the sum total of your experiences". I can't list all of my experiences in this section, but I hope the little tale I spun was enough to help you get a glimpse of the author behind the book.

To any out there who have a mental health illness, think they aren't good enough, or think that they will never reach their goals, know this. I believe in you, I stand with you, and above all else, know that you matter. Find your dream, no matter how long it takes and do whatever you have to in order to make that dream a reality.

© 2020 MARC R. MICCIOLA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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