Journey

Today, recognition of the friends and partners, who provide a safe haven to heal. Recovering from Childhood Sexual Abuse is a long and continuing journey. As I reflect on my recovery, I recognize that although I physically survived, invisible injuries persist. Among the deepest wound is the compromised ability to trust and love. I amContinue reading “Journey”

Gratitude

Today: encouragement to recognize and express gratitude for your strength. Practicing gratitude has been connected to better psychological, physical and social well-being. For survivors of Adverse Childhood Experiences, shame and fear often overshadow gratitude. Yet, practicing gratitude can help to unburden ACE survivors of the gritty negative residue of negative childhood challenges. My simple gratitudeContinue reading “Gratitude”

Hope

Today recognition of the miraculous power of hope. Surviving Adverse Childhood Experiences is an accomplishment. It requires a belief that, despite all evidence to the contrary, you are worthy; that somewhere beyond the abuse, you may experience joy and safe, healthy relationships. Survival requires perseverance through the paralyzing shame onward toward the faintest glimmer ofContinue reading “Hope”