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Apr 27, 2008
So much pain and betrayal...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

You shouldn't have had to live with such pain, Nina. You deserved to have a childhood. You deserved to have a father who loved and nurtured you; not one who physically and emotionally beat you. You deserved to be protected, not be the protector. You deserved a mother who was protective and supportive. And when you were violated in the most obscene way, you deserved to have her believe you and further protect you. But instead, she chose Adrian over you, her precious and beloved daughter; the betrayal and feelings of abandonment must have been overwhelming. The effects of dealing with such pain were far-reaching: You found yourself making self-destructive choices.

But you found a way out of those harmful choices...

I commend you, Nina. You are not yet the age of majority, yet you have come to understand what some spend a lifetime trying to, but never do, understand: that life is to be lived.

The road toward healing and recovery has uphill climbs, downhill descents, as well as rough and bumpy patches that can be littered with deep pot holes. There are also smooth and level stretches. But regardless of the condition of the road, the landscape in the background remains breathtaking, if you take the time to appreciate it for what it is.

I hope your treatment includes ongoing counselling, Nina. A counsellor can help you with the pitfalls in the road, as well as how to appreciate the background "landscape."

I wish you and your mother all the best along the road toward healing and recovery; perhaps the two of you can journey together.

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

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