Any Is Severely: A Story of Healing from Childhood Abuse now available


My personal memoir about my experiences with childhood sexual abuse is now available on This book is relatively short, but it took me more than twenty years to write it. It means a great deal to me.

Any Is Severely (A Story of Healing from Childhood Abuse)

If you or someone you know has been abused, you can also download it for free here.


The summer I turned seven, I was molested by an eighteen-year-old boy. Through much of my adolescence and young adulthood, I did everything I could to convince myself that what had happened to me wasn’t that big of a deal, because many much worse things had happened to many other people. My experience and my pain wasn’t worth bothering about because it had been so mild in comparison. And in any case, I was over it now.

In my junior year of college, I fell into a very deep state of depression stemming from my memories of that summer. I was so low that I even thought about cutting myself or committing suicide, though I always dismissed those desires instantly. Finally, I mentioned to a friend that I was having a rough time, having trouble repressing old trauma. I said that I was molested, “But not severely.”

My friend broke through the shell I had built around myself with three words: “Any is severely.” The truth of that still rings. That night, I finally sought help for the first time.

In the years since then I have done a lot of healing. This book is my attempt to express my story in words, in the hope that it can be of help to someone else who felt or feels like I did, especially in that awful junior year when I struggled as hard as I could to repress my pain. If I can help even one person, I will consider myself blessed.

2 thoughts on “Any Is Severely: A Story of Healing from Childhood Abuse now available

  1. I just read your story–and a lot of your feelings are similar to mine from my abuse experience. I’ve been hiding my story for 30 years. I’m a mess right now, though before this weekend, I thought I was fine. Everything is coming back, and I don’t want to deal with it. But I know that healing from it is the only way I can have more joy, peace, happiness and to be a better wife and mother. I’ve started an anonymous blog (not connected to my normal one) to write and get my thoughts out. I didn’t think this would be so hard.

    • I’m sorry to hear that you experienced that and that everything is coming back for you now. Dealing with it as an adult was very difficult for me, but as I’m sure you’re learning, sometimes the only way out is through. I hope you have someone in your life you can talk to without reservation. If there’s anything I can do for you, please let me know.

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