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Welcome to Long and Short Reviews, Megan, and thanks for agreeing to answer our questions. What day were you born?
September 7, 1978 at 1:56 AM. For 20 years, my Dad thought I was born in the morning because my mom didn’t call him from the hospital when I was born. He was at home taking care of my brother and my mom didn’t want to bother him. The secret came out on my 20th birthday at Big Boy’s during breakfast.
Do you have a nickname?
Most of my friends call me Meg. Only my Dad is allowed to call me Meggie. He’s been calling me that since I was born.
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Definitely the past! I’m obsessed with Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Era.
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Abraham Lincoln, Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, Grace Kelly and Derek Jeter. A very eclectic group!
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
To fly because Detroit traffic during rush hour is horrible!
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Baskin Robins Peanut Butter and Chocolate
One food you would never eat?
Traffic, huge egos, being woken up either from a nap or in the morning.
Skittles or M&Ms?
Depends on my mood because I love them both.
Red or white wine?
Do you prefer print books or ebooks?
I love the smell of books and I love holding a book. I don’t even have an e-reader device.
What was your first date like?
A middle school dance where we looked like this:
Me_________Date – that much room between us on the dance floor. I remember looking at my friends and we giggled.
Roller Coasters or Water Rides?
It used to be roller coasters but because I’m old, I can barely swing on a swing without feeling motion sickness. I love water rides. My ex and I went to The Atlantis in the Bahamas and all we did was sit by the pools for 4 days. Heaven!
Swimming in the ocean or a pool?
I love the beach but I don’t like salt water. I live in Michigan so we have lakes. I still prefer a pool to both anyway.
Do you drive a manual or automatic vehicle?
I have no idea how to drive a stick shift and it’s too late to learn.
Where can your followers find you?
You can find all my links at my website: www.MeganCyrulewski.com.
Thank you for the interview!
Thank you so much for taking time to chat with us today, Megan. It’s been a pleasure having you and we wish you much success in the future.
Megan Cyrulewski is an ordinary person who has faced extraordinary challenges and now wants to inspire people and show them that hope gives them the power to survive anything. Who Am I? is about her journey into postpartum depression, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, visits to the psych ward, divorce, domestic violence, law school and her courageous struggle to survive with her sanity intact – and how a beautiful little girl emerged from all this chaos.
Enjoy an excerpt:
On January 18, 2012, we all convened in the courthouse for the Motion for Parenting Time hearing. My dad and I arrived with my attorney, but Tyler loved an audience so he brought his dad, step-mom, and his new on-again off-again girlfriend, Heather. Tyler walked in with his posse in tow, cocky as hell. It took all of two minutes for the judge to knock him off his feet.
The Judge addressed our respective attorneys. “Why are we here?”
“Your honor,” Tyler’s attorney began, “my client has clearly been denied his parenti—”
The Judge didn’t even let him finish. “How?” She turned to my attorney. “Don?”
“Your honor, as you can see in the divorce decree, there was supposed to be a review when the minor child turned twelve-months-old. The Defendant has ignored that review.”
“I—if I may, your honor,” Tyler’s attorney sputtered.
“I see the review in the decree. It’s here in black and white,” she told Tyler’s attorney. “What is the problem? Why didn’t you understand the review? Your client signed the divorce decree.”
Tyler’s attorney tried again. “But your honor—”
The judge cut him off. “There is to be a review conducted by the Friend of the Court referee assigned to the parties. Until then, the Defendant will continue his parenting time schedule as agreed upon in the divorce decree. Dismissed.”
And that was it. After eight police reports and numerous harassing text messages, phone calls, and e-mails, we won. As Don and Tyler’s attorney went to speak with the clerk to file the necessary paperwork, Don told us to wait for him outside the courtroom.
As we exited the courtroom, the hallway was so packed with people that my dad and I were only able to find enough space to lean against the wall. We were talking about the court proceedings when we looked up at saw Tyler and his new girlfriend standing right across from us.
“Why do you lie about everything?” Tyler screamed.
Heather walked up to me and stood about an inch from my face. “As a mother myself, you should be happy that Tyler is the father of your child.”
My jaw dropped. “I’m sorry but I don’t know you.”
She smirked. “Well you’re going to get to know me, bitch.”
Tyler made a big show of pulling her from me like I was going to punch her or something. By this time, everyone in the hallway was watching us. We were pure entertainment.
Heather continued her rant. “Two times in the psych ward, Megan? What a great mother you are.”
“Where is your mom, the real mother of our child?” Tyler screamed. “She’s the one who takes care of Madelyne.”
My dad and I tried to move away from Tyler and Heather but they followed us.
“Awww…” Heather mocked. “Do you have to take a Xanax because of your anxiety?”
“Go take your Xanax and sleeping pills, you drug addict,” Tyler shouted.
Finally, Don emerged from the courtroom and pulled us into a quiet corridor. He explained that I needed to call our referee to set-up a meeting to discuss a visitation schedule. I told Don about the verbal assault by Tyler and Heather. Don said he would call Tyler’s attorney to let him know that Heather would not be allowed in my house.
Upon leaving the courthouse, Heather screamed, “See you on Sunday, Megan.”
I turned toward her and said calmly, “I don’t know you, but you are not welcome in my home.”
That night, Tyler sent me multiple texts attacking my mothering skills, my supposed drug addictions, how he was going to fight for joint custody of Madelyne, how Heather would be accompanying him for his visitations, and a barrage of other insults:
“Get a life already”
“Don’t you have something better to do than wasting your parents’ money?”
“Go take your pills and relax, oh yeah, then your parents would have to watch our daughter. Oh yeah, they already do.”
“Go talk to your friends. Oh yeah, you don’t have any because of how crazy you are.”
“Interesting to know you’ve been to the hospital a couple of times. You really need to get it together.”
“Better go call your lawyer and make up some more stuff about me.”
“Don’t be mad at your sorry life.”
“I am sure living with Mom and Dad the rest of your life will be fun.”
“When you get a job, then you can pay me child support. Fun.”
I finally had to turn my phone off at midnight.
About the Author:
Megan Cyrulewski has been writing short stories ever since she was ten-years-old. Eventually she settled into a career in the non-profit sector and then went back to school to get her law degree. While she was in school, she documented her divorce and child custody battle in her memoir, Who Am I?, which was published in 2014. Megan lives in Michigan with her 3-year-old daughter who loves to dance, run, read, and snuggle time with Mommy. Megan also enjoys her volunteer work with Troy Youth Assistance as the Fundraising Chair on the Board of Directors.