I grew up being abused first by my father, then others during my 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and even into my 50’s. I wasn’t taught I was worth receiving any other type of treatment, being conditioned to take what was offered up in silence and to above all keep the family’s secrets. To sum it all up quickly, it’s prevented me from becoming the person I was put on this earth to be and the silence has all but killed me. No more. Finally I have granted myself permission to speak my truth and share my stories as I decide I want to. These are the stories of my life, so far.

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”

Anne Lamott