As a child I suffered horrific ritual and sexual abuse. As a result, I created many pretend friends (DID, Dissociative Identity Disorder) or “parts” who took the pain, as well as the memories and kept them away from me until I was in my mid thirties. At that time, those personality parts re-emerged and the memories of torture returned through vivid nightmares and flashbacks, which I tried to resolve through therapy. I felt totally crazy. I had also become very stoic and hadn’t cried for at least ten years. To hide my internal world, I smiled all of the time and didn’t let anyone get close to me.
Then one Sunday evening Dixie dropped by to visit me.
Shawna Draper is the author of three books in which she shares her miraculous journey from a life of terrible abuse to one of healing. Her message blends with the mantra of “To the Rescue” as her uplifting message focuses on the wonderful Christian neighbors who helped her to learn that it was possible for others to actually love her. Her message gives people hope that no matter how bleak their life may seem now, or how horrific their past has been, it is possible to heal and find joy and happiness.
For those who would like to read her story, her books My Tears Fall Inside, The Silent Cries, and Hear My Cry: Writings From My Soul are available at: www.ShawnaDraper.com. EBooks of each are also available on Amazon.com