is the story of a lifetime of abuse, dysfunction and chaos that was my world. It
was a world I avoided each day by wearing a "mask called normal" in
my attempt to fit in. My daily life was a staged act.
Sexual harassment in my workplace deepened my despair and, in time, my
nursing career ended abruptly. A shattered elbow soon led to shattered dreams.
Protracted legal issues, profound silence and depression spiraled into severe
anxiety disorder. I was eventually diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD), something I thought only soldiers suffered.
Out of my struggle to overcome the darkness my story emerged and
my book was born: Wearing a Mask Called Normal.
story is my journey toward hope. It chronicles the abuse I endured and the destructive
behavior patterns I developed as I battled to manage the pain on my own, navigating
a treacherous legal system and finally finding a path toward forgiveness I
forged on the difficult road toward healing. Along the way, I learned profound lessons about myself, my world and my
relationship with the world. These are the lessons that I share with many of
you who start your day, as I once did, by donning a "mask called normal."
May you one day remove your mask and embrace your authentic self.
me on my journey through my blog. I invite and welcome your comments and fellowship along
this rocky road. If I have learned just one thing along the way, it is that there
is strength in community.