- About the Book
GROWING UP, DINA PESTONJI was afforded all the comfort, love and affection anyone could ask for. She should have been a happy, carefree girl. But from the age of 10, she felt uncomfortably "different," like an ugly brown duckling in a sea of perfect girls with white skin and blue eyes.In this powerful, brutally honest memoir, Dina vividly describes the losing battle that engulfed her mind and body--one with a hateful, self-loathing and cruel inner critic.Consumed by a misguided obsession with fitting in, being exceptional and "perfect," she unknowingly allowed a deep self-hatred to set in over the years--a hatred that not even her acceptance at the swankiest schools nor a dream job in California could change. Only after surviving a horrific car crash and a paralyzing stroke while still in her 20s, did she begin to see herself for who she really was: strong, independent, a fighter...blessed. Surviving Myself is the captivating, emotionally charged story of the author's journey to self-acceptance and inner peace, narrated with the refreshing candour of a close friend. Alternately humourous, shocking and heartbreaking, it is also the story of a family's overflowing love.