Daring to Share:
Trauma to Recovery
Special Edition 2019
MEET EMPOWERED WOMEN IN RECOVERY
WHO FOUND THE COURAGE TO SHARE IMPACTFUL ACCOUNTS OF SURVIVAL BY DESCRIBING DEGREES OF RESILIENCE MOST CANNOT IMAGINE COMMITTING TO
DIANA REYERS INTRODUCES
6 AUTHORS | 6 CHAPTERS | 6 STORIES
Excerpt from Daring to Share: Trauma to Recovery
Chapter 2 - Trauma to Recovery: Inspiration by DenaMaria Milanese
Early on, a beautiful night-time routine developed after my mother gave me a set of Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories. This special time became a great comfort to me because I believed there was something watching over and protecting me through life within these stories. I read these stories and other fairy tales over and over again; my favourite was Cinderella. While I read, I fantasized about the day my prince would come and take me up one of the mountains to a castle where we would live happily ever after.
One night when I was nine years old, I went to bed and was molested and raped. My fairy tale fantasy faded away in an instant and my safe haven was destroyed. I was so afraid of the man who did this to me that I froze and was not able to scream for help. My life changed in an instant; I felt damaged, dirty, ugly and disconnected from all aspects of feeling human. To this day, I experience moments when I hear his breath and my body immediately tenses as
I respond to the memory of what happened so many years ago.
This sensation sometimes lasts for only a moment, but there are times when it seems endless as I focus on moving past the trauma that caused me to stop believing in God so many years ago.
This collection of moving stories was created through
The Dream Project at Karis Support Society
and the collaborative support of
Philippa Douglas & Diana Reyers