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Local writer shares challenging journey

April 8, 2014

ACCA Activities Director Sandy Stanfield thanks Sara Berelsman for coming in and sharing her story with the seniors on Monday morning. Berelsman discussed her newly published book that details her battles with depression, bipolar disorder and alcoholism. (Staff photos/Michelle Meunier)

For St. Marys native Sara Berelsman sharing her life story with people comes easy.

A former writer, Berelsman put her story into a book that was published last November, My Last Rock Bottom, which chronicles her journey through depression, bipolar disorder, alcoholism and important life choices.

Berelsman visited the Wapakoneta YMCA Monday morning to spend some time talking and sharing with senior citizens, in coordination with the Auglaize County Council on Aging (ACCA).

“It’s actually liberating,” Berelsman said. “I like helping people. I feel like that’s what I’m meant to do, educate people about mental illness and addiction, so it really just makes me feel good.”

ACCA Activities Director Sandy Stanfield has known Berelsman since she was a very young girl. Berelsman and Stanfield’s daughter grew up together, having a friendship from preschool on through high school.

“You know what, we love her,” Stanfield said. “I have a special bond with her.”

For the complete story see the Tuesday, April 8, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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