Being part of the We Choose To Thrive project has been one of the most important things in my continued recovery from the horrible abuse I suffered. Being able to share in such a supportive environment with other courageous women doing the same has been a gift. Helping others heal from this abuse is what gives what happened to me purpose and meaning.
Thank you Becky Norwood and everyone else who is a part or had a part in making this project happen. We are warriors.
An amazing book filled with stories of surviving trauma and going beyond surviving to thriving. A book filled strength and healing from women who have the courage to tell their stories and help others to heal. Becky Norwood is an amazing woman and I'm so glad she brought us together.
I met Becky last May 2016 at a woman's retreat on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Needless to say, we had much in common to share with each other. I was so impressed with her vulnerability in sharing her story. She is a true inspiration. A woman who has given us our voices back. A woman who has compassion and understanding of others and the bravery to stand up and be heard.
When Becky asked if I would consider being part of this project I whole heartedly said "yes!". I've always been quite open speaking about my past on a "one on one" basis with people I trusted. I thought I was good with sharing my story. I had done it enough times . . . just not publicly. I always spoken of it as a matter of fact, like I was never impacted emotionally by these events that shaped my life.
As the reality became closer of the video being posted and the book being launched was when I truly had to start facing my "shame". To accept being "seen". I was lamenting to my husband the other night "what have I done?! . . . everyone can see this now . . . it's on social media . . . it's in a book."
His reply? Karen, you must tell your story. It is your obligation to women. It is the truth and you've done nothing wrong."
Thanks to Becky I'm actually facing this and allowing myself to be vulnerable. I am learning there is strength in vulnerability. I applaud all the women out there who are vulnerable and fearless in telling their stories. This is the way awareness and change happens. Thank you Becky Norwood for giving us the platform for our voices. xoxoxox
For the first time I've been facing sharing my past with white knuckle fear. What will people think? What will people say? People who I don't even know, will know some of the darkest parts of my life. This is such a place of vulnerability. This is the first time I've really had to face this rather than continuing to ignore it.
For a little more than a decade I was sexually abused by family members who I adored and looked up to as my protectors.
I acknowledge that I am a survivor and have learned to forgive those who have abused me. I needed to learn how to forgive so that I could grow on in my healing to help others go & grow through their healing.
I now mentor and assist other abused children & adults. I also wrote my 1st novel about my abuse.
Know that what ever the type of abuse one has encountered, that the victim is not at fault and must first learn to forgive themselves and ultimately forgive their abuser, so that the victim can grow on through their lives.
RAINN- RAPE ABUSE INCEST NATIONAL NETWORK
I give The Woman I Love five stars!
Becky Norwood is a brave woman to tell her story. She is even more brave to gather 31 other women to tell their story in her latest book "We Choose to Thrive."
I am proud to be included in the 31 women that tell their stories in Becky Norwood's book. I know that certain situations trigger me, I can only imagine how Becky feels listening to all of the particulars of our individual nightmares. But, the silver lining is that we all chose to thrive. We all chose to tell our stories to help others overcome their difficult pasts, or even their current circumstances. We stand together, we stand strong, and we offer ourselves as examples of survival.
Thank you, Becky, for giving us the opportunity to be of service to others.
My story was my first love. I would do anything for him and he knew it. He was handsome, charming, manipulative and controlling. He destroyed my self confidence, demeaned me as often as possible and demanded perfection from me all without me realizing it was happening. He broke my heart daily and yet had me so dependent that I would apologize for being weak. It was rarely physical but the abuse was constant.
I am still in the early stages of recovery, but I am using my story to reach out and let others know they are not alone.
Writing Survivor. By sharing this book, fictionalized as it is, I have admitted what happened to me and allowed those I hid it from to peek behind the curtain to see the scars.
It will be painful and difficult. You will want to run and hide. It is ok to feel that way. It is ok to hurt and to admit some days it is just too hard. Just don't bury it. The pain might hide but it is not gone. Acknowledge it and ask for help. There are so many willing to walk along beside you.
Counselling and shelters are incredible. I have worked with a couple shelters in Vegas. Both the Safe Nest and my personal charity The Shade Tree are amazing. Reach out and find ones in your area. Also hotlines and groups on social media. I have met so many people that truly understood what I had been through once I took the chance to admit it. They cane forward and have been an incredible support system.
I gave 5 stars to the We Choose to Thrive Project!
A heart-felt book full of passion, courage and the deep inner strength to overcome the past. Becky Norwood has brought together 31 strong women who chose to tell the truth behind their trauma. I applaud everyone who is on Becky's mission to create awareness and change in this world.
Becky Norwood is not only genius in the world of writing but a caring, dedicated advocate of survivors. She takes the power of a story and delivers it with meaning and purpose to change the lives. Becky does not only shed the light on the reality of sexual abuse but also creates a defining moment for the you to decide how you chose to live. I am so grateful to have been a part of this creation and contribute to helping survivors transform into thrivers. It has impacted my life and my constant evolution. Becky is not only a powerful force in the world but a dear friend, who has changed my life forever.