- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 5 hours and 58 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: K A Braysher
- Audible.com Release Date: August 4, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074HBF9JK
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Beaten but Unbowed: Waking from the Nightmare of Abuse Audiobook – Unabridged
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Karen is the sister of Lorraine, one of the 400 Thalidomides living in the UK. Karen came into the world as the "replacement baby" following Lorraine's birth and her rejection by her parents resulting in Lorraine being passed over to the authorities. You will learn about the Thalidomide scandal in reading this memoir from the perspective of Karen and how it all impacted on her and the family and how people treated disability in those days. You will also learn about narcissistic personality disorder and how this effects individuals and the devastating and long reaching consequences it has. And you will also learn about Bi-Polar syndrome. Karen says: "It takes so long to get a diagnosis because you don't go to the doctors when you are happy." And she also asks: "Does abuse switch on bipolar." Karen had so much to cope with and on her family struggles and battles with her parents she turned to lesbianism and questioned her sexuality.
This book is a gripping read. It's well written and carries you on a journey. It will appeal to those who love a good misery memoir. Fans of Cathy Glass and Maggie Hartley will love it and also fans of TV drama, 'Call The Midwife'
My own journey and the subsequent healing I am still living and shall continue for the rest of my days has only been enriched by reading this account. I see in the author through her sharing of this story a great personal triumph which only strengthens my own resolve.
Easily I could write a very long essay on what I have read, how it relates to my own journey of healing. This work is something I shall discuss with my own counsellor/therapist as to the things I have not only learned from Ms. Braysher's experiences, but also the similarities between our methods to our shared journeys of healing.
Every day I see and deal with people that are living with mental health issues, addiction issues and unfortunately abuse, trauma and homelessness. I have experienced some of these personally yet through my own healing have chosen a path that affords me the opportunity to help others trying to deal with these issues when there seems to never be enough help out there.
A line close to the end of the book reads as such, "There is always hope and you must believe in yourself."
I could not agree more. The need for more understanding, compassion, empathy and the art of simply listening are substantial. Within each of us there is the power to heal, first ourselves- then others screaming out for assistance in order to escape their own demons.
In this book I see such a strong sense of personal growth which I find extremely invigorating, uplifting and encouraging.
I have to applaud the author for this work as I know how hard this was not only to write, yet then to "open herself up" to the rest of the world as she has.
A personal triumph that took great inner strength.