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Nov 20, 2007
Healing and recovery: an ongoing process
by: Darlene Barriere - webmaster

Your story eloquently shows that healing and recovery is a process, a process that juxtaposes between peaks and valleys. Very few can claim they are "healed" or "recovered" from child abuse; healing and recovery is ongoing.

I am delighted to learn that you are in therapy. I too hope that your therapist is a good fit. If s/he isn't a good fit, there are other therapists.

You said your daughter is affected by the controlling and belittling nature of your husband. A child who witnesses spousal abuse IS being abuse. You're right to be "gone." Your daughter deserves that. YOU deserve that.

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

Nov 30, 2007
WOW!!
by: Sara

I did the same thing you did with my story. I began to read faster and faster as I got more into it.
My mom had a nervous breakdown when I was probably 5 or 6 and I remember the paramedics holding her hands and feet down to the bed to try to get medicine to her. This is similar to when your dad tried to have her committed in the 50s.
My twin sister abused me as your brother did. She abused me emotionally, saying I was ugly and that I would never become anything. She also spread rumors about me in high school about me having cyber sex. My self esteem dropped to an all time low. She was officially my high school bully.
A LOT of people asked me why Im normal also. They even go as far as telling me that if that happened to them they wouldve committed suicide. I tell them "Dont think those thoughts didnt cross my mind."
My escape is also through art. Since I became a hermit from depression, I found that I really enjoy web and graphic design.
Thank you for your stories. I enjoyed them and I will bookmark them, so the days when I am feeling down about how my life has turned out I can read your stories again and know that someone else understands. Im sorry that your marriage isnt working out, but Im glad to hear that you are doing whatever is best for your child.

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