Tag Archives: survival

More than Nine Lives

In my life, I feel like I have lived more than the nine lives of a cat. When I was two years old, I almost died when I contracted scarlet fever, meningitis, and mumps in a two week span. My … Continue reading

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Courage

I’d like to thank WCASA and all of the wonderful employees there for presenting me with this award. I am deeply honored to be named your Courage Award recipient for 2016. I would also like to thank Angie Rehling of OutReach who nominated … Continue reading

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Paths to Healing 2015 press release

For the third consecutive year several Wisconsin organizations have partnered to put together Paths to Healing, a one-day conference on surviving childhood sex abuse that will be held this year from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Goodman Community Center in … Continue reading

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Paths to Healing Press Release (2014)

For the second consecutive year several Wisconsin organizations have partnered to put together a one-day conference on surviving childhood sex abuse that will be held this year from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison on Thursday, June … Continue reading

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Voices of Courage Closing Remarks

I was invited to give the closing remarks at the Voices of Courage luncheon, an annual event honoring those working in the sexual assault field. The event is sponsored by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Here is what I … Continue reading

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The Last of Us

The trailer for a new video game, “The Last of Us”, starts with the following: “The world’s been hard on us, hard on him. Joel’s done some terrible things. He tells me that on this journey you either hang on … Continue reading

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Dark Corners

This piece was written for and published by Life After Hate earlier today. http://lifeafterhate.org/2013/05/dark-corners/

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Paths to Healing: Conference on Child Sex Abuse Survival

For Immediate Release Paths to Healing: Conference on Child Sex Abuse Survival 10:00 a.m., June 20, 2013 Sheraton Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin Several Wisconsin organizations have partnered to put together a one-day conference on surviving childhood sex abuse that will be … Continue reading

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Through the Darkness Lightly

After 24 years of sobriety my days of heavy drinking seem like a distant blur and somewhat unreal in certain ways. I spent about eleven years of my life in a pretty much constant drunken haze, self-medicating, hiding, creating masks. … Continue reading

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Not Rock Bottom

The first time I ever got drunk was, appropriately enough, on St. Patrick’s Day, 1978.  It was also the day I turned in the paperwork to quit college.  Prior to that time I was a teetotaler.  I knew family history and … Continue reading

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