There, I said it! In fact, I started almost a decade ago saying this same thing often. But it came with another interesting set of issues. I blamed most of my problems and feelings as an adult on the bullying that happened to me as a youth.
I had experienced the long-term effects of youth bullying abuse now known as C-PTSD or Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I thought I was alone about these feelings all those years ago. So, I decided, as a communication expert, to put that to use by creating a safe haven on the web to discuss these long-term effects that bullying had.
I HAD NO IDEA!
People came out from every corner of the world to share their long-term effects issues with me and my small, but growing community. I wrote so many articles about my own stories that they wanted to share with me as well. I was not alone and I never was. This is where it started. It was probably 4 years into my quest to work on this issue.
Over the next several years, I became a student of the issue that would be known as C-PTSD. I spoke to many groups about what I had experienced and the damage that it caused. I found out what I was dealing with, the true statistics and research done on the problem and also had to deal with my own recovery. I could no longer use the youth bullying I experienced as a crutch for my actions. I had to change.
So, it started with getting better. Then the cathartic writing of a book called “A Ladder In The Dark“, my memoir. And finally the formation of my company called “Bullying Recovery, LLC”. I am now more determined than ever to continue to evolve my Life Coaching skills to help others and continue to speak about the need for better recovery programs for youth abuse and bullying. Today, I am happy to do this work. I feel fulfilled in ways I never thought possible. We suffer, but we can do something about that.
But, there is still so much to be done. I have created the company, Bullying Recovery, LLC to be able to truly fund programs and research as well as allow me to continue to move in the direction that my heart directs me. I am an impassioned speaker on the issue of bullying and am prepared to speak to audiences of all types. I have formed a wonderful advisory board of experts who are ready to help with the success of Bullying Recovery as well. Now I am well on the way to publishing my second book, which should release in the late summer or early fall. I don’t want to disclose much, but this will be a work of fiction, based on real life stories of bullying issues. I will share now that I am not pulling any punches with this book. More to come soon.
People were there for me when I really needed them. I am here now. We need to reach out and share what we were afraid to in the past. Healing can happen, even if I have to approach it one at a time. Thanks for joining me on this journey.