Hiding Behind a Smile: Disguising Our Deepest Feelings

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Written in poetry form, the author speaks of growing up with emotional, physical and sexual abuse as well as a father's alcoholism. It has been put together with a beginning, middle and healing ending so it reads like the story it was meant to be. Not only intended to touch adults with similar pasts, but is very easy reading for younger people who, with proper guidance and support, are ready to face the pain in order to move past it and reclaim their own strength.

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Written in poetry form, the author takes you on a journey through time. Sometimes in detail she describes what it is like to grow up with physical, emotional and sexual abuse as well as alcoholism and the damage to not only a family but an individual soul. Mostly these poems are filled with intense emotion and you may find yourself shedding tears you were not aware had been hidden away long ago. While the road to recovery can be filled with pain and anger, so can healing be filled with pride and joy. In this little book, not only are you touched by the intense feelings of hurt and sadness, but you also feel the joy and hope of your own potential healing as she shares her own. If you have ever felt alone or ashamed of what went on behind your closed doors growing up, after reading this book you will know you were not, are not and will never be alone with that secret again.

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I wrote my first poem, "Daddy" while flipping through radio stations one day. I came across a woman talking about the craziness of growing up in an alcoholic home. I could not believe my ears! She was talking about my house, my parents, my life! I sat glued to the radio in disbelief. I had never shared what went on in our house with anyone! Could it be true? Did it really go on in other homes? I sat down and with tears streaming down my cheeks and wrote about the sadness I felt towards my Dad. It was years and hours of therapy and soul-searching later, that I had a collection of works written each time something was brought to the surface. Not until the feelings were rekindled, was I able to put it on paper and release it for good. Slowly I began sharing what I once thought was so personal with others. What I believed to be my own story, seemed to be that of so many others. They, too, never told anyone, yet once the "secret" was out, were able to open up and share without shame but with relief, belonging and a sense pride for having made it through.

I offer this work as the hand to hold onto that was not there when it was needed most. I share my "secrets" with the hope that unlocking the pain of the past for others will be as healing as it was for me. Not until we allow ourselves to feel all that has been locked away, can we begin to feel all the joy our lives can be filled with today.

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