Writing my truth opened the wounds of a scarred past caused by emotional abuse and neglect. Trauma and PTSD are afflictions to which I am indebted with gratitude, for these are evidences that both the spoken word and the written word matter. Every truth, every emotion, constitute a part of who we are in the world. We are stronger than we know, not for what we’ve escaped, but for what we’ve experienced.
I’m currently writing a book-length memoir of my journey through trauma, confronted by the truth that the family I cherished never existed in reality, but was an invention of my mind.
My work has been published in Bright Bones, Contemporary Montana Writing, Open Country Press, 2018.