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Sep 05, 2009
You were betrayed in every possible way...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

I understand wanting those horrific memories to go away, Cathrine. I long ago learned that wanting them to go away left me "wanting", rather than healing. When I resisted, they persisted. But when I embraced those memories as having "been", they dissipated. Cathrine, what happened to you happened, in the Past. They are no longer happening to you in the Present. And you've become a tremendous mother instead of one who repeated the cycle of abuse. Be so proud of yourself for that. Thank you for sharing your story with my visitors and me.

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Darlene Barriere
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Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

Sep 08, 2009
Always Believe in Yoursefl
by: maurice

After reading Darlene's empowering words to you Cathrine that is all you have to do. Is always Believe in YOURSELF. I can, I will, I must, just me and my beautiful children. Letting go Cathrine, that we must do. My past I leave to God, My present I try to live for GOd and my future is in God's hands. The effects of having been abused will remain only if we want them to. Read Darlene's comment, take ownership of it just for you. The more and more I read her comments to each of her visitors I hear her heart beat with her loving, caring, emphatising words of encouragement. Action they say speaks louder than words. I am certain Darlene is asking/requesting imploring each of her visitor to go and get the help they need to begin or continue their healing process. My happiness is in my own hands with a little help from my friends. Cathrine, Live well, laugh alot, love much. Look in that mirror and see that wonderful and beautiful me, gifted in my own right to live my life to the full after abuse. Be gentle and kind but firm with yoursefl in doing something about Darlene's words to you. Have a healthy mind in a healthy body that's a start Cathrine. Balancing your day with work rest and play is a huge help to doing that. I read recently when we rest we repair our bodies. Ok on that note Cathrine Always believe in yoursefl.

Sep 08, 2009
Such cruelty
by: Anonymous

Cathrine, parents that are as sick and sadistic as yours had been to you really shouldn't have any children in the first place if they're incapable of loving them, nurturing them and even protecting them from harm. They should've been to prison for all those terrible crimes that they committed against you. I hope you're in a safe place now and I'm so glad that your kids are with you now because they are so sweet for doing that. I hope you try counselling and I wish you and your kids all the best. Be brave, Cathrine, and stay strong. i am hurting for you.

Sep 26, 2009
INSPIRATION
by: Sharon4

I came across you after you left a comment on my story. I wanted to see your story because you were so understanding of mine and now I see why! I respect your courage after all you went through and see the similarities in our stories. You make me feel that i can deal with my past. I love the way you have been the opposite of your abusers, just as i have. You are an inspiration to me and i suspect many others. I have found it is not so hard to not be abusive, but to express and show love and kindness to my children because i have never known it myself. I have told all of them every day that i love them but have found affection difficult, to give or receive.

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