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Book: Roses and Thorns: a Memoir-esque Compilation of a Beautiful and Messy Life

Normalizing vulnerability and sharing your stories, emotions, and thoughts is the spark to loving your life and finding relatable connections.

Michelle Goñi, MD

Book: Roses and Thorns: a Memoir-esque Compilation of a Beautiful and Messy Life

Normalizing vulnerability and sharing your stories, emotions, and thoughts is the spark to loving your life and finding relatable connections.

About the Book

the radical transformation was simple with acceptance
the darkness was a necessary phase in the cycle of change
it allowed her to embody strength
it set her free with truth
nothing was more powerful
than the moment she succumbed to authenticity
and she flew.

In Roses and Thorns: a memoir-esque compilation of a beautiful and messy life, author Michelle Goñi, MD presents a collection of raw, emotional, and empowering prose poetry. She shares honest, heartfelt, sometimes gut-wrenching stories of fear, failure, and pain as well as warm, inspiring, and relatable poems of love, evolution, and transformation. Her book gives the reader permission to embrace a perfectly imperfect life.

Dr Goñi’s personal journey invites the reader to share their own stories by deeply connecting with her written words, thoughts, and feelings. Michelle’s poems are humbling and they normalize vulnerability, a tool she uses to overcome shame and fear. Roses and Thorns will spark introspection, inspire empathetic relationships, and help the reader discover authentic self-acceptance.

About the Writer

Michelle Goñi, MD uses the written word as a powerful voice for her soul. She was raised by an immigrant, Renaissance-like, often stoic father who labeled her creativity as distracting. His rigid parenting and control led Michelle to a limited and perfectionist mindset. While this helped keep her focused on becoming a medical doctor, it took years to learn to love herself as she was and fully appreciate her journey. We learn about Dr. Goñi’s life in Roses and Thorns, her debut book of prose poetry, where she shares personal yet relatable truths, struggles, and realizations. This unique presentation invites the reader to embrace vulnerability and self-love. Michelle’s words evoke deep emotion within ourselves, empathy for one another, and necessary self-acceptance. Dr Goñi is a Diagnostic Radiologist. She has worked from her home office as a Teleradiologist since 2005 after completing her subspecialty in Musculoskeletal Imaging. Her interest in prose writing and poetry started in middle school and she received a Bachelor’s degree in English, to continue her passion, while completing her pre-medical studies. On her down time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends, working out, and traveling.

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