Gentle Recovery

Healing From Child Abuse & Rape

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New website

Posted by gentlerecovery on October 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I have a new website at

I'd love for you to come check it out. :)

It details more of my writing journey.

When We Know Better

Posted by gentlerecovery on August 1, 2011 at 1:41 PM Comments comments (4)

When we  know better we do better. Maya Angelou

     I have dreams...goals... desires. I want to make a difference.....shine a hope...


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Giving Permission

Posted by gentlerecovery on August 6, 2010 at 10:31 AM Comments comments (7)

 "...Give yourself permission to envision a You that you choose to be." Joy Page

Permission: the authorization granted to do something 

Permission - formal consent - giving sanction. Sanction - official permission or approval for a course of action.  

When my therapist suggested I give myself permission to be free...I th...

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Posted by gentlerecovery on June 26, 2010 at 8:02 AM Comments comments (1)

"for the dead and the living, we must bear witness." Elie Wiesel

Last Saturday...I found out my book won The Word Guild National Literary Award for Life Stories and received an honorable mentio...

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I'll Do Anything, God.

Posted by gentlerecovery on May 14, 2010 at 9:26 PM Comments comments (3)

"Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title." Virginia Woolf

I told God I would do anything for Him. I told Him there is nothing I wouldn't do.Nothing at all. He freed me. He broke the hold of all those things that were killing me. I almost died. Not once. Many times.But He wouldn't let me die.

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Posted by gentlerecovery on April 26, 2010 at 1:46 PM Comments comments (7)

"The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool." Stephen King

His hook were his words....gentle, soothing...claiming love. I overlooked his rage, the beatings, the name calling.  He told me he loved me.....he told me I was the only one who understood him.....he said he needed me. I was seven y...

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Simple Tools for Recovery

Posted by gentlerecovery on April 9, 2010 at 9:09 PM Comments comments (2)

Acronoms are an easy way to remember some tools for recovery from an addiction.  An example is the word: HALT. Each letter stands for something to watch out for. Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. When you're tempted to reach for the 'addiction' think of the word HALT and ask yourself if you are too hungry, too angry, too lonely or too tired. If you feel any of these, go for a run, call a friend or lie down. Not only will it help you avoid using t...

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Seeing Beauty Where There is None

Posted by gentlerecovery on March 17, 2010 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (4)

"He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery." Anne Frank  

It's hard to think Anne Frank was only fourteen when she wrote this. Fourteen and hated - for no other reason than being Jewish. Fourteen and having her world as she had known it - turned upside down. Fourteen and not able to go outside to smell the flowers, or attend a dance or sit in a classroom and daydream about boys, or her future or l...

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Secrets and Shame

Posted by gentlerecovery on February 16, 2010 at 6:42 AM Comments comments (6)

"We are only as sick as our secrets." John Bradshaw

For years I kept the secrets....the secrets of everything that had happened. I thought it was my fault. I thought there was something wrong with me...that in some crazy way....I had caused it. Keeping the secrets left me covered in a blanket of shame. That shame coloured the way I saw things and forced me to move in the world as if I had no right to be part of it. ...

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Growing in Hard Places

Posted by gentlerecovery on January 15, 2010 at 4:27 PM Comments comments (2)

"Where flowers bloom so does hope." Lady Bird Johnson

When I went to visit my sister in Israel, she took me to the top of this rocky mountain. Nothing was there - just rocks, stones, and gravel. But it was still beautiful. Maybe because it was so isolated and high.Standing there I felt like I could touch the sky.


We sat t...

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