Kristin DiDomenico, a health coach and trainer who lives in Potomac Falls, will sign books Dec. 2 at Barnes & Noble in One Loudoun to celebrate the release of her book, “Dying to be Enough.”
DiDomenico’s book recounts her story, from an Olympic dream cut short through “addictions, depression and self-abuse” to a life-changing experience when she collapsed while running a race in Reston.
“The book is also about how my physical death on that gravel trail forced me to examine the ‘little deaths’ in my life – the abrupt ending of my Olympic figure skating path at age 15 and the addictions, depression, self-abuse and challenges that ultimately led me to a reawakening of self,” DiDomenico said. “It’s my hope that by sharing my story, I can help others who silently suffer to feel ‘enough.’”
When she collapsed in that race, her heart stopped. She was dead until a surgeon — who happened to be running a minute behind – arrived and began CPR. She learned that only 6 percent of people survive when they suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital.
“I was held in a place of complete peace and quiet, a gentle and freeing comfort such as I had never known,” DiDomenico wrote in her book. “In this space, all worry, angst, anger, frustration, self-doubt, and self-criticism had left me. Hurts and old inner wounds were gone, as if an outer shell had been taken off of me and I was free from any suffering. And then I saw my father, who had died seven years earlier.”
DiDomenico became a health and nutrition counselor to help women improve their eating habits and break cycles of addictive and emotional eating to develop and maintain a healthy weight and a positive relationship with food.
The book launch and signing event are scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2.
Kristin lives in Potomac Falls with her husband, Pat; two children, Megan and Kevin; and dog, Rigley.