“A Quiet Strong Voice is a compelling piece of vulnerability, revealing the depths of despair, the dangers in depression and the quick sand of suicide intention that can trap even the most beautiful, intelligent and loving individuals.
Lee Horbachewski bravely exposes the truth of her torturous journey through anxiety, fear, depression and multiple suicide attempts. Her intimate description of frantic attempts to end her life pull you into the story, enmeshing your emotions, heart and longing for peace for this fragile woman.
Finding help and hope in family, friends, therapists, God, and two precious little sparrows, proves there is no single answer to the struggle. Hope comes in opening hearts to others, to nature and to our higher power, verifying that we CAN overcome disparaging, self destructive and depressive emotions.”
Annette Stanwick Award-winning Author of FORGIVENESS: THE MYSTERY AND MIRACLE, International Speaker and Freedom Facilitator
“It is so nice to read such an honest book about the plight of depression. In my readings, I have found that most books focus on only thinking positively and ignore the negative emotions. However, Lee hits the mark by her honesty about all the emotions she was experiencing. Most importantly, she highlights the importance of acknowledging all emotions so that they can be seen and heard. I appreciated her vulnerability and believe this book will be a useful resource.”
Tessa Burns Registered Psychologist and Owner of Serenity Now Wellness Centre
“Every so often someone will come along and gift you with the raw, honest, reveal of their experience. When this happens, you are forever changed. A Quiet Strong Voice is that gift. Lee Horbachewski helps bridge the understanding of mental illness and brings forth a tremendous offering of tools in which one can begin to see their own quiet strong voice emerging. This is a gift to be shared.”
~ Farhana Dhalla International #1 Best Selling Author of Thank You for Leaving Me
“Beautifully written, Lee’s journey offers others hope, compassion, inspiration, and strength in a time when they need it the most. A Quiet Strong Voice… an authentically moving book.”
Charmaine Hammond, Bestselling author, “On Toby’s Terms”
“Lee has given us powerful insight into depression by sharing her journey. It’s a must read to ensure we are aware of this life threatening illness’s hidden symptoms. You will relate to her and her family’s pain and most of all you will understand the journey of recovery and will cheer for her awakening out of the darkness. We all know someone with depression and they deserve our understanding. When you read A Quiet Strong Voice. You will understand.”
Melanie Hayden-Sparks Founder/President of Graduit Network
“A Quiet Strong Voice speaks honestly and heart-fully to the desperate and seemingly hopeless battle of depression. Lee’s journey is a true story where she serves to illuminate all facets of her TRUTH… the compelling intimate details of her illness and the unconditional love and support that she discovers, even in the most unexpected places, on her path to wellness. Lee’s story serves as a bright light to the countless number of people, their families and loved ones who are dealing with the dark and isolating effects of depression and anxiety.”
Kari Dunlop Founder/Owner of Glinda Girls
“A Quiet Strong Voice is real, raw and powerful. Lee’s brutal honesty and willingness to ‘tell all’ offers an intense insightful experience into the darkness that is depression, anxiety and attempted suicide. There is a greater awareness and compassion that results when you journey through and share Lee’s experience with each word that she has written. She has found her quiet strong voice; she is brave.”
Jill Ethier Owner/Creator at Unleash Your Greatness
“I have never met someone so honest and open about her depression and attempted suicide. This story touched my heart in many ways and every time an issue came up, I could feel her pain and wanted nothing more than to grab her and take her pain away. Suicide has affected so many people and the person who commits suicide doesn’t realize how devastating it is for everyone around them, and that there is hope. I am so honored and humbled to have Lee in my life and couldn’t imagine life without her! A Quiet Strong Voice is a MUST READ for anyone who has even a whiff of depression or mental health challenges. Lee – you are the bravest woman I know!”
Kelly Falardeau Author of No Risk No Rewards
“Depression, Anxiety and Suicide are not just words, but experiences, that I’m all too familiar with. They have been a part of my life experience countless times. In my family alone, there have been 5 suicides (that I’m aware of), in 3 generations.
Mental Illness is on both sides of my family tree. My father had his own battles with darkness that led to a lot of substance abuse, countless suicide attempts, until he succeeded on November 19, 1984.
I too, have had my own struggles with darkness, depression and anxiety. In my experience, it has been the anxiety that’s even worse than the depression. But one feeds the other and the vicious cycle begins by taking you on a spiraling isolating journey.
One does not realize when they are on this self-defeating journey that the depression and or anxiety are not bigger than them or beyond them. It casts a shadow on the mind perhaps, but that is because of where it stands in relation to their light – not its real size. We are all guaranteed success – we just have to give ourselves permission.
A Quiet Strong Voice is a necessary and helpful tool to remind us: That we are not alone, that we are worthy and that we matter! It gives us permission to ask for help, and to honor not only our light but also our darkness. It teaches us that we are worthy of love, especially our own.
The stigma of mental illness has been hidden, downplayed and muted for far too long. My deepest thanks go out to Lee Horbachewski for sharing her truth and her vulnerability. Her commitment to see this book to completion is more than brave – it is pure love.”
Natasja Fischer – Professional Organizer & Owner – “Symmetry Works”
“Lee’s story reveals to the reader the very darkest place of the mind in a state of deep depression, all the way to the unthinkable place where suicide happens. At the same time, her story of healing offers a clear road map full of hope, love, purpose and even, ultimately, redemption. The raw truth of all of this is inspiring for anyone to read. One can’t help but believe this book will save lives.”
“In A Quiet Strong Voice, Lee takes you through her journey of what was her reality, battling a dark war against depression and suicide, coming out on top. This book is sure to inspire anyone to be more open and aware to the disease of depression. If you do not understand the severe impact that depression can have on someone’s life you will after reading this beautiful piece”
Shelley Streit, Author of “Beyond the Rear View Mirror”