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Feb 18, 2015
Sherrie:
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Your parents really were children themselves when they became parents. And forced to marry at that. I ask myself what skills they could have had at that age. That's not an excuse for what they did, it's an explanation. Neither of them could cope. One drank, they both lashed out at their children. None of you deserved to be mistreated. None of you deserved to be abused. ALL of you deserved to have loving protective parents. It took way too long for Social Services to step in, even in those days. The fact that they removed you from the home at all speaks volumes about the abuse and neglect you suffered, because in the 70's only the worst abuse cases had children removed from the home. It must have been horrifying, Sherrie.

And now is the time to heal. Now is the time to really see how lacking your parents were (and you DO see that on a logical level). Now comes the time to heal emotionally from what you endured with your real parents, as well as with your foster parents. Holding onto anger and hostility hurts only you. It keeps you in a prison that only you have the key to unlock. The scars you have don't have to be reminders of what you suffered; instead, they can be reminders of just how strong you were to have survived that horrible environment. Both of them. The way I see it, if you're strong enough to survive the worst of it, you are more than strong enough to heal from the emotional pain of it. You certainly deserve that in your life. You ALL do. And while you weren't loved growing up, know that you are loved now.

Thank you for sharing your story with my visitors and me, Sherrie. I send you and your siblings love, light and healing energy.

From Victim to Victory, a memoir
Darlene Barriere
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author. speaker. survivor. coach
From Victim to Victory, a memoir

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