I'm a writer, x-ray technologist, and mental health advocate living on a ranch in Canada with my husband and dogs.
Miriam Verheyden has been a lumberjack, church organist, veggie washer and bookseller. She is now an x-ray technologist who writes about life, love, mental health and becoming brave.
During her downtime Miriam loves to hike, cross-country ski, kayak, do yoga, or relax in her hammock reading a book.
She grew up in Germany and dropped out of college at age 23 to move to Canada to be with her much-older, father-of-4, not-quite-divorced-yet lover. It's a great story with a happy ending, so she wrote her first book Let's Pretend This is Normal about it.
Her second book Quit the Hustle explores our society's unhealthy obsession with the hustle, and the danger of a culture that continually wants us to feel that we are not good enough.
In her latest book Everything is Broken and Completely Fine she openly shares what it's like to live with a mental illness, her history of self-medicating with alcohol, and her experience of being a healthcare worker during the pandemic.
Miriam believes that being true to yourself is your superpower, and she writes stories about how owning your truth will set you free.
Miriam tried for most of her life to hide her mental illness. She hoped that if she pretended it didn't exist, nobody else would notice it either. Spoiler: that plan backfired spectacularly.
Unexplainable rage attacks, persistent intrusive thoughts and a recurring overwhelming despair are difficult to hide. Working as an x-ray technologist through Covid-19 contributed to her declining mental health.
In a desperate attempt to numb the pain and cheer herself up she reached for what society endorses as the ultimate relaxant: wine. It was supposed to transform her from a chronic worrier with low self-esteem into a carefree, confident person.
That didn't happen.
Alcohol made her mental health significantly worse, increasing her anxiety and causing severe self-loathing. Instead of solving her low mood, it contributed to it.
Everything is Broken and Completely Fine takes you into the flawed brain of someone who's living with anxiety, depression, and PMDD.
Set in the unprecedented times of a pandemic, natural disasters and life's unavoidable ups and downs, this book explores what happens when denial turns into acceptance, grey area drinking transforms into sobriety, and one woman finds herself where she's never been before – at peace.