Category: recovery

NAMI Illinois Annual Conference

While on the subject of conferences, I’ll also be speaking at the annual NAMI Illinois conference!!! I’m very excited to be able to offer a speech to my fellow NAMI members on the topic of NAMI, THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN ILLINOIS. I’ll be speaking on Saturday October 13th...

Recovery Is…

There are as many definitions to the word “recovery” as there are people who are attempting to reach it. We who were brutally traumatized in childhood aren’t really in “recovery” as we didn’t start in life whole, rather we are attempting to make our lives better while living with...

Dry Wells

Being open to other people about the severe abuse I suffered as a child has been very challenging.  At first, I wore a sign on my forehead that said, “incest” and when I shook hands with someone I would announce, “Hi, my name is Shirley and I’m a survivor...