Hello. Having only this year read about the ACEs Study, I am new to this website. Originally, I came here to find personal stories, similar to mine, to see how others have fared in life with seven ACEs. Not having found that right away and dismayed that so few people, including medical professionals, have not heard of ACEs, I am considering writing a book. It would include a primer on the ACEs Study and subsequent movement, a brief autobiographical section, and a discussion of how the two external forces, trauma and resilience, influenced the academic, professional, social, and medical outcomes in my life so far (I am 68 years old). Internal factors, such as genetic predispositions should also be considered. Finally, I would like to include a discussion of the relief I have experienced since learning know what a qualified success I have become.
My hope is to share with other ACEs survivors the good news that, if they feel they have fallen short in life, they are a much bigger success than they realize. My first thought was to approach a prestigious University Press with a book proposal. But it could take years for me, a retired marine biologist, to reach the level of expertise Ivy League Editors expect and, this may not be the best way to reach my intended audience.
So, I, a newcomer with a wealth of personal ACEs experience, am looking to the ACEs community for advice. My wife has been encouraging me to write a book for 44 years, so I am pretty well set on that. Is this a good, timely idea? Is there a better way to reach those who may be suffering with the guilt and shame of ACEs?
If this site has private messaging, I would be glad to provide anyone interested with more details about my experience. I will look forward to hearing from you.