The Journey

My Mental Health and Infertility Story

Non-Fiction - Memoir
266 Pages
Reviewed on 01/30/2024
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Reviewed by Luwi Nyakansaila for Readers' Favorite

The Journey is a powerful memoir written by Amirah F. Smith, chronicling her struggles with mental health and infertility. The book explores her desire to have children, but her fear of continuing the cycle of single motherhood in her family causes her to delay. Unfortunately, when she was finally ready to start a family, her age and a series of medical complications, including fibroids and infertility, made getting pregnant incredibly difficult. With her husband away for extended periods of work, Amirah was forced to navigate these challenges alone. The reader gets a glimpse of the author's loneliness and helplessness, which only intensified with the onset of COVID-19 restrictions. Despite all these difficulties, Amirah's story is one of hope, awareness, and persistence.

The Journey is an emotional roller coaster that draws you in from start to finish. As you read, you will cry, laugh, fear, and pray with Amirah F. Smith, experiencing her pain and joy in equal measure. Her honesty and authenticity shine through every page, and her sense of humor provides a reminder that sometimes it is okay to laugh through the pain. Her comparisons of quarantine to a teenager who attended a forbidden house party and was grounded, and her hilarious descriptions of her mean boss, whom she refers to as Boss Lady, are pure comedy gold. In addition to sharing her inspiring story, Smith also sheds light on the struggles faced by the black community and raises awareness about issues such as therapy, fibroids, and infertility. The book is well-written, with a seamless flow and engaging storytelling. Overall, The Journey is a remarkable piece of work. I enjoyed reading it and appreciate the work that the author put into sharing her story and educating readers on various medical issues.