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Our Journey Begins

Our Journey Begins


“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

Our journey together begins now.  Maybe some of you reading this are on step one of your journey, some of you may be a bit luckier and be on step eight hundred.  And maybe some of you were almost to the end of your journey, and then hit a roadblock and had to go back twenty or thirty steps.  No matter where you are on your journey to healing, our journey together begins today.

It’s a tough journey isn’t it; this journey to healing and letting go of our past?  There are no maps, there is no GPS, and Siri is useless on this highway.  Stopping and asking someone for directions never helps and we prefer to just sit alone in the driver’s seat and go full speed ahead, hoping that we reach our final destination of happiness and forgiveness safe and sound.

But every so often, our journey hits a massive roadblock and we end up driving around in circles for days at a time.  My roadblocks over the years have included:

  • Holidays
  • Birthdays
  • Graduations
  • Weekends
  • Sunny Days
  • Rainy Days
  • A lot of days……

More often than not, I would face these roadblocks alone; believing no one else knew how I was feeling and preaching that unless someone had lived my life, they had no idea how to help me get back on the right road to healing.  I wish I would have stopped and asked for directions; I could have avoided a lot of wasted miles on my heart and mind.

It’s impossible to fathom isn’t it?  That someone else could understand the pain and suffering of childhood abuse.  That someone else knows what it is like to have a parent who doesn’t love them.  And that someone else knows the turmoil that goes on in the head of a survivor on a daily basis.

It’s impossible to fathom because we spent so much time alone as children, hiding our secret and living in shame and guilt.  We spent the first part of our lives being hit, tortured, and bullied by a person who should have done nothing but love us and protect us with every ounce of their body.  Our childhood journeys were rough and bumpy; and we were more often than not, left on our own to figure out our path in life.

But we aren’t children anymore and there are hundreds of thousands of “us”. Us who have been hurt by someone closest to us.  Us who struggle on a daily basis and are triggered by the smallest, everyday occurrences.  Us who look in the mirror and wonder how anyone could love us when our own mother or father didn’t love us.  And us who suffer in silence, unable to grasp the concept that anyone could understand why we are the way we are.

I’m here to tell you that you aren’t alone anymore.  I’m here to say it’s time to start your journey towards healing and if you feel alone; there are a bunch of “us” out here ready and willing to listen.  I understand how you feel, and I hope that this blog, this blog which I will face the issues I struggle with as an adult survivor bravely and without fear, will make you feel less alone.






Our Journey Begins

Sarah Burleton NY Times bestselling author

Victoria Gigante Writes For Psych CentralSarah Burleton was born in a little town in Illinois to a very emotionally disturbed woman. Her first book, her child abuse memoir "Why Me," spent 26 weeks on the New York Times and the print version is endorsed by David Pelzer, author of "A Child Called It." Sarah is now realizing her goal in becoming an ambassador for abused children and adult survivors and is currently conducting workshops and seminars throughout the state. Her message of strength over adversity and her story will help counselors, teachers, and other professionals identify signs of abuse and learn ways to establish trust with an abused child.

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