From Stress to Strength – a curriculum for the overcomer in all of us.
What if one day you woke up and everything you knew was destroyed?
I don’t mean a little disrupted, I am talking biblical proportions, Job-like destructive Post Traumatic Stress.
That’s what happened to me. At 3pm. On a Thursday. In 2008. Total recall of over a decade of sexual abuse by my parents and their friends that I had suppressed…and the walls came tumbling down.
ALL GONE. Marriage. Career. Health.
When I told a therapist, she burst out crying and said she couldn’t cope with what they had done to me, and I thought…WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT.
So I did what my old boxing coach taught me. I tucked my chin and threw punches, refused to quit. I wasn’t going to die broken because of what someone else did to me—forget that.
The result is that I wrote a book of poetry anonymously called No Working Title – a life in progress. It is dark, raw, honest and definitely NSFW. I wrote it anonymously because my kids where young, and I was pretty sure my business contacts and parishioners would not have coped.
Out of this journey grew the Give The A Voice Foundation. Our aims are Advocacy, Resourcing and Rescue to those that have been abused and trafficked.
Along the way, I wrote a series of books called Think Big Books. These are a summary of the lessons I learned and the principles I had to re-teach myself to move from John-Aggedon in 2008, to once again being a contributing human being. It is an honest account of the highs and lows of building a life from the bottom up, but this time with 50-odd years of knowledge and several lifetimes’ worth of experience.
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