- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 16, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449965350
- ISBN-13: 978-1449965358
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,826,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My Theodocia: As Told By: Stormy Paperback – December 16, 2009
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Theodocia McLean was born on Beals Island, in Downeast Maine, in 1954. Adopted twice, she wasn't told her beautiful name until her sixteenth birthday. Her love for writing began when her fifth grade teacher captured her imagination with creative writing assignments while she was living away from home in a harsh, punitive private school environment. A song that she sings everyday is the only link that she has to Clara, her one special friend, who made daily life bearable for a short time in that dreadful place. She longs for the day when someone, even a stranger, will show her the proof that she desperately needs on whether her friend really died that terrible day. My Theodocia by Stormy describes the first twenty-three years of her life with vivid detail and uncompromising honesty. Writing is therapy and telling her story takes her experience out of the shadows into the light. She hopes that her readers will muster up the courage to tell their story and thus begin their own healing journey.
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I was saddened for her when I read “My Theodocia.” It was shocking to imagine what it would have been like for her to be given away by her alcoholic father, to a man and a woman who wanted a child, because they were unable to have their own. Daddy Willie and Bessie were given legal custody of Theodocia before she was eight months old. They had good intentions, and Daddy Willie loved his little girl. When his wife died, he refused to give the child up, even though many encouraged him too. He was a fisherman, so he was gone most of the day and Theodocia was looked after by a steady stream of babysitters.
Years of neglect took a toll on her, and she did not develop and mature as quickly as she should have. Finally, the local pastor and his wife convinced Daddy Willie to give them custody of the pretty brown-eyed girl. Then Ewen and Annabelle made plans to take her off the island, and Annabelle lost touch with everything else that was familiar. When she was 6 years old they legally adopted her.
Theodocia’s life was full of neglect and abuse. At one point, she had to go to a private school. The rules were abnormally restrictive; punishment was abusive and cruel. It is no wonder that eventually she was diagnosed with mental illness. No child should have had to live with what she did.
The bright spot (and turning point) in her life was when she met and married Marshal, and they had a son, William. These events brought stability, security, and love into her life that she had never known.
Theodocia began to experience time lapses that she couldn’t account for. William was never in danger because of them, but when she went to a neurologist, she was diagnosed as a borderline Epileptic. Later on, she was also diagnosed as being Bi-Polar and later still, she was diagnosed as having DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder, also known as Multiple Personality Disorder). I can only applaud Theodocia’s strength, determination and endurance to become the accomplished person she is today.
My Theodocia made me feel humble; I realized that I have had such a fortunate and privileged life. This book is painful, but also offers hope, because, despite all her disadvantages, Theodocia did have happy days and enjoyable times.
I recommend this book. You will want to cry; I know I did. But you will smile at times too and you will never forget McLean’s story.
(There are some editing errors in this book.)
I would recommend this book to everyone that likes to read.