I would like to express my sincere gratitude to every person who assisted, encouraged, and advised me along my writing journey. Without your support and positive feedback, I would not have been able to reach the finish line. I especially want to thank my aunt, Louette Visser, for her suggestion of the title, and for proofreading an early version of my work. Furthermore, I would like to thank everyone who agreed to read my manuscript during different stages of the writing process. Neels Redelinghuys, Jorina Redelinghuys, Jessica Redelinghuys, Dr Laura Weiss, Anjonet Jordaan, Elizabeth Bothma, Clinton Pretorius, Dr Lizbé Schoeman, and Dr Kobus Scholtemeyer; thank you for your valuable and non-judgmental insights. It means the world to me. A special thank you to Patricia Crain for the design and production of my book, and Cindy Taylor for her editing. Thank you to my brother Neels for the awesome photos and my friend Stefan for the amazing website. A special mention also to Dr Pieter Conradie my psychiatrist, Dr Lizbé Schoeman, Dr Kobus Scholtemeyer, Adilla Jansen van Rensburg, and André Swain – psychologists who helped me along the way.
I would also like to use this opportunity to thank some exceptional people in my life. Thank you for never giving up on me. Thank you for checking up on me. Thank you for your unconditional love and support. Thank you for your patience and encouragement. Thank you for allowing me to be myself. Thank you for visiting me in the psychiatric hospital. Thank you for attending my mother’s funeral. Thank you for being at my bedside. The best father, brother, ex-wife, in-laws, friends, boss, and colleagues I could ever ask for. I could not have done this without you. Thank you!