When taking on a project like Brave and Unbroken, I knew I was putting my story into the world and wouldn’t ever be able to take it back. I have shared my background and experiences at a very high level for many years, but this memoir shares details that most have no idea about.
Growing in a home of abuse forces you to never share the real you, your true authentic self. Being sexually abused by your father forces you to constantly scan the horizon and assure you are protecting everyone around you and you are always putting yourself to the side. Never did I think this day would come, the day when the courage to stand tall and put my life into the universe, would come. Never did I think I would be able to muster the courage or the voice to share the truth of my soul, the truth of a child whose childhood was stolen.
I have told everyone that has asked what the purpose of this memoir is, the purpose was simply this – to help one survivor, somewhere, find the ability to speak their truth. Not to scream it loud, but to share with someone else. Healing occurs when one can share their truth with even one person. That is what Brave and Unbroken is all about.
Someone recently told me, “but I am broken.” No you aren’t. Your childhood was taken from you without your permission. You are Unbroken and no matter what – your voice will find its way out. Your strength and courage is deep inside of you. You are not alone. I see you, I hear you, and I acknowledge you and your truth.
“Being quiet and hidden is no longer an option.”