In 2010, when I published my memoir entitled "Raised by Committee", I was overwhelmed by the number of women, and men, who approached me to say that they had had similar experiences. Many had told no one about it, until they opened up to me. I would listen to their stories, feel their grief, and encourage them to seek professional help, if needed. I only started opening up about my experiences when my first marriage broke up. The minister at the church I attended would talk about my 'family of origin' and the impact our backgrounds have on our daily lives. I was slowly able to open up about my childhood experiences, and only then was I truly able to deal with the demons and put them to rest.
'Raised by Committee' is a celebration of recovery, and a dedication to the hidden angels that take care of the children who, through no fault of their own, have become the flotsam of our society. We all have our stories to tell. Let's share a few.