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SANE, A Book About Reclaiming Life

$275 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 39 months
Lee Grant Irons  YORKTOWN, VA

This crowd-funding effort has a simple purpose. I am writing a book that I think will help people and that I would like to provide for free to people who are in hard times. I would like to do this right, which means there are some costs associated with professional editing and design.

I need $2000 to pay for the professional editing and design. I have only raised $200 as of the rewriting of this page. To make this fun, I have decided that I will release each chapter as fundraising milestones are met. The prologue and the first four chapters will be released by the middle of January 2014. Each of the remaining 12 chapter will be released on my book blog with each additional $150 raised. To read what has been publicly released so far, go to my book blog at the following link "SANE - Reclaim Your Life." The blog also contains a brief description of the book.

I have a few different forums that I contribute where I help people solve problems. These people are reading each chapter of my book as it is released. The feedback has been good. The following are samples of responses I have received from people who have been helped.

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So after a long sit down talk with my husband we are on the right path to solving our problems. He agreed he should help and be more understanding so we are working on the two problems separately and I am looking to the future and receiving the help I need. Thank you so much for your input. I actually don't know where I would be without the advice you gave. You helped me to sort out and prioritize what I needed to do. Its so easy to get swallowed up in your anxiety and depression. You can't see a way out. Thank god for the app and thank you so much!

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Well I just read chapter one. I'm no great book reviewer, but will settle down some, say with my original excitement and just tell you what came to my mind as I read. First when I saw you hit the scene a few weeks back (the forum) I did glance some, but not as I did just then. I already said I was skeptical with the world and ... well, I thought back then; "not another up and go get em concept."

Again, your introduction sets the scene that many can relate too and despite my background being what others would deem total the opposite - I was able to see a lot of similarities between your family and mine. I know well much of your intro and applauded how such a delivery is going to resonate with many modern families of all backgrounds. The intro also explains well how so many of us come to find ourselves delving into the arena of Self Help Concepts/Books/Podcasts/Videos/Websites and many other avenues.

I felt as I kept reading, rather open now, as opposed to my usual skeptic outlook - I also had a sense of acceptance to where I thought you may or may not be alluding to with the concepts themselves, as many of us that have tried so many of these avenues, have indeed, been left wanting and in many cases; in more despair than when we first started.

I like very much the snippets that seem to confirm much of this for me as I kept reading - also I am seem to be either walking along the river that came to light with your metaphors - I might of even been just flowing down it - with how you brought acceptance into the picture - or perhaps the context into which you so elegantly finish the chapter of how one comes to such a position. I really like that kind of focus - again - despite my early apprehension weeks ago and also skeptic outlook, this is well written - something I can only hope to one day achieve myself - but more importantly - it was something that confirmed much for me and left me wanting to read on into chapter two.

Dave

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Hello, Lee - I read your blog this morning and was very impressed. Not only are the metaphors you use plausible, your writing style is engaging and easily understandable. A subject difficult for many doctors of every field to communicate with an anxiety sufferer. Without the stories of people with similar symptoms, I don't think I would have overcome this. The few head doctors I saw only seemed to make things worse.

I am in my 40's and dealt with subtle at first, then gradually full blown anxiety and panic disorder over a 20 year period.

Although I feel I am in a much better state of mind regarding my anxiety, I still like to give support and help people here because I know the hell I have been through. I believe it's because like you, I was sent home from the hospital being told it was anxiety with some beta blockers. No explanation or education, just take these and get out. There was no one to explain why I was feeling the way I did or help me understand what was happening. Unfortunately, no internet to speak of that would help. So it was a lot of trial and error with thought stopping and positive thoughts nonsense over many years before reading Claire Weeks and learned to accept the feelings and not have that second fear that is all too often associated. Very elementary but I believe most try to look too deep into the cause and cure. As a type A personality, I did as well.

My life with my wife and kids make me truly happy. Well at least most of the time. My two boys can still get me to blow my fuse at times. I'm not perfect at all but I have learned to accept setbacks and look at them as a reason for a course correction instead of failure.

The part regarding circumstances in chapter 2 ring true to me. I learned to understand that my circumstances didn't make me unhappy, my thoughts of my circumstances affected the way I felt. It was my choice to feel the way I felt appropriate. Took entirely too long to realize this!

Looking forward to the next installment.

Nix

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$275 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 39 months
Created November 23, 2013
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Paul Barclay
36 months ago

I remember Lee from high school. He read a lot of science fiction/fantasy books, if I recall correctly. And I had to respect a man who didn't seem overly worried about what other people thought of him. Now he is an engineer, author, and activist. When I went to the 30th year class of '82 reunion at ZBTHS, I saw a bunch of pictures of volleyball players and track athletes on the wall, but no authors, inventors, engineers, doctors, or scholars. I thought, "wow, this is why I left this place for 30 years--it always smacked of a philistine's paradise." My support for Lee's book is mostly to acknowledge a worthy project, but partly to register a slight protest that my high school has never been able to honor or value accomplishments that might actually serve as guides for its students. Thanks Lee, and musician-visionary Steve Smith, for putting ZBTHS on the map.

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Quentin Clingerman
37 months ago
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Kelly Luteijn
39 months ago

Congratulations on making your efforts a substantive reality, Lee. I look forward to reading more!

LC
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Len Cabaltera
39 months ago
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Susan Forsgren
39 months ago

I admire you and your family very much. I look forward to reading more about how you have found your way through the craziness life, medical problems and everything else can throw at you.

CK
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Chuck Kurowski
39 months ago

I didn't know how bad things had gotten but I'm glad I can help, at least in a small way. You and your family always have Susan and I to call friends and talk with at any time.

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Aron Roberts
39 months ago

Lee, saw your note and donation on Linda's gofundme page and came here. I'll be interested to learn how you started tackling these many, seemingly intractable problems you've been facing. Writing about your experiences, both failures and successes, *will* help me and others. It doesn't have to be fancy, just describing what happened is enough. Thank you for writing about this: hoping you can find the time and persistence to continue writing! Aron

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Morgan Irons
39 months ago
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Lance Irons
39 months ago
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