My name is Vanessa Leigh Vega and I am a high school English teacher and motivational speaker. I am a contributing author to the award-winning Taste Berries for Teens, Volume IV. I have been nationally recognized for excellence in teaching by being named to the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. I have a degree in English/Secondary Education from Texas Tech University and a degree in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. I live in Irving, Texas, where I am working on my next book. I speak about cutting at conferences, schools, and special events.
Comes the Darkness, Comes the Light is a disturbing, yet ultimately redemptive and inspiring, memoir of a young woman compelled to injure herself in an attempt to cope with her overwhelming feelings of anxiety in the only way she knew how. Though still unknown to many, this disorder affects an estimated one percent of the population...and is on the rise, especially among teens.
This affecting, heart-wrenching book follows author Vanessa Vega's progress as she climbs her way back to emotional health and rebuilds her life. Readers will go inside the mind of a "cutter," taking the journey with her as she struggles against her exhausting and shameful secret ritual.
As Vega faces the anger and insecurity that lead to each encounter—while working with a therapist to understand the real motivating factors behind her behavior -- Comes the Darkness, Comes the Light reveals what brings many to this disorder...and what can lead them out. With stunning insight, Vega has written a moving first-person account of self-injury, struggle, and redemption.