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Do you have a story to tell?  Did you overcome five or more ACEs and move on to live a good life?  You can help those still struggling with their childhood trauma by telling them how you did it.   Who or what steered you away from perpetuating generational neglect, trauma and abuse?  You can be a light to those whose outcomes are still at risk.  Several of us from ACEs Connection have joined together to tell our stories in a Book.  We are looking to balance out our mostly female  membership with more male contributors.  If you are interested in advancing the cause of preventing and helping others to overcome the adverse effects of ACES, add your voice to ours by contributing a chapter, your story.

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I have an interesting perspective as the oldest girl in a family of four. I was charged to take care of household and other siblings and chores on the farm...in essence raise ourselves. The outcomes are interesting. Oldest brother spent lifetime in jail, I became engineer/computer scientist, sister carbon copy of narcissistic mother but tried to manipulate me and youngest brother still struggles as we retain this innate ability to absorb details of our surroundings and record every detail as if we are constantly on the alert waiting for the other shoe to drop. Strange way to go through life. Ego-less and hyper-vigilant at the same time. my brain laid out like the mapping of a computer hard-drive. 

 

I have presented this at conferences, which is my personal story. Here is an overview:

A Girl Named Sue: A Child’s Journey From Complex Trauma to Hope, Healing and Recovery

Alarming numbers of children are experiencing multiple instances of trauma all across the country.  In Kentucky alone, the Commonwealth had nearly 22,410 child abuse victims in 2017 giving Kentucky the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of child abuse in the nation.  Many children who experience complex trauma have poor coping skills, difficulty trusting others, distorted thinking, manipulative and maladaptive behaviors, have difficulty believing that life can be better and are often β€œwaiting for the other shoe to drop” in many situations.  In this session, participants will be able to follow one child’s journey through physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, abandonment, and neglect. Despite multiple instances of trauma across many settings, this child also had exposure to positive, corrective relationships with multiple adults, learned to turn negative situations into positive ones, learned she possessed many strengths and positive coping skills and that where we comes from has everything to do with where we are at but that is doesn’t dictate where we are going. 

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