I've wanted to write a memoir for a long time. I've found that writing in chronological order is frustrating. So these are a collection of memories and events.
I want to make it clear, though, that I consider myself an emotionally healthy person. Through writing and therapy, I have worked through these things. My family has healed together.
I share my stories in the hopes that there are others who can relate.

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TOTW35 – What People Get Wrong About Me

October 12, 2018
It's hard for people to get things wrong about me, because I'm that lady standing in front of you in line at the DMV or the grocery store who'll tell you her life story before you can resist.  I don't keep things private or secret.  I'm not afraid of being judged.  I've climbed a jagged,…
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