Powerful, moving story on YouTube

A powerful, moving story. I hope you’ll watch this. You are not alone, and things get better. I love when people speak out like this. It takes courage, but it gets so much better–and it helps others have hope.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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10 Responses to Powerful, moving story on YouTube

  1. Wow. WOW. Wow. Definitely gonna share this everywhere!! Thanks so much, Cheryl!
    Beth

  2. You’re welcome, Beth. (smiling) It’s quite wonderful, isn’t it? Powerful.

  3. Thank you for sharing, Cheryl. This was heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. I rarely talk about it in a public forum, but my own mother is an alcoholic (and to this day, denies it and refuses to seek help). I grew up dealing with physical violence until I was about 14, when I finally stood up for myself. But the verbal abuse continued for years and years. I was lucky that I didn’t blame myself, or try to hurt myself, but looking back, I’m sure I suffered through quite a few bouts of depression. Writing and reading are the only things that ever got me through it.

    I dealt with bullying too, and my heart hurts for all the kids out there who deal with bullying on top of any other problems they struggle with. It isn’t easy. Kenna is amazing for sharing her story, and still coming out on top. I definitely will be sharing.

    -Kemari

  4. Kemari, I’m so sorry you went through all that–that’s so painful! I wonder…it might help if you got some distance and space away from your mother? (I’ve cut off all contact with my abusers.) Though it’s up to each of us what works for us.

    I’m glad you didn’t blame yourself. And oh, I understand the depression; I suffer from it, too. There’s an actual physiological thing that happens for abuse survivors where our seratonin levels get too low. It can help to take a natural or pharmaceutical thing to help with depression. (I take 5-htp and EPA oil.) Writing and reading also definitely help!

    And yes–there’s so many of us who’ve gone through the same or similar things…. It helps us all when we speak out.

  5. I did get some distance and space. I moved far away from her after my kids were born (11 years ago), and kept my distance emotionally as well as physically. Unfortunately, I continued to hold out hope that she would get help and admit she had a problem…but after 4 DUIs and her constant refusal to seek help, I know it’s never going to happen.

    It’s a long story, but I’ve been living an “alcoholic-free” life for a year now. She’s no longer a part of my life or my kids’ lives. It’s sad that it has to be that way, but it’s necessary for our survival and well-being. Luckily, I’m at an age where I have the choice to move away or not have her in my life. I didn’t have that choice when I was younger, and I ache for all the kids who suffer through that, whether it is alcohol-related or not.

    One day, I’m going to write about it all (I have tons of story ideas that relate to this), and hopefully I’ll help others too, the way this video does or your books or all the other books out there do.

  6. Kemari, I am SO glad to hear that you have cut off contact with your abuser! I think it keeps you and your children so much safer and healthier, and likely a lot happier, too!

    And yes, it’s so hard not to have the choice when we’re kids. It’s good that we can when we’re teens and adults.

    I’m glad you’re going to write about it. I think that’ll be a powerful book.

  7. This was incredible, Cheryl. Just heartbreaking. Thanks for sharing it. I’ll repost also.

  8. Glad you liked it, too, Joe! I think it’s powerful and brave. Glad you’ll share it. 🙂

  9. Liz says:

    Thank you for sharing this. It made me cry and was what I needed to hear.

  10. I’m glad you got something you needed from it, Liz.

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