Gratitudes to Karen by readers

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Karen, Over vacation, I read your book and was deeply touched by your honesty and fortitude as your described the experiences and events of your childhood and adulthood. I cried several times as I read the horrible events, but you have shown great determination and used those events to make a positive impact and situation for yourself and others. When I think of heroes, you are at the top of the list. Thanks for letting me read your story, I learned a lot about what it takes to survive in this confusing world. I will never forget your story. You have shown a level of courage that is unbelievable. Thanks for sharing your story. Hope all is well. Tim T.  

Dear Karen, It is with deep gratitude that I thank you for again coming to my child welfare services class and providing the students with the generous gift of your life story and your wisdom for them regarding their future social work careers. Your willingness to share of yourself is a true gift of the heart to these students and even if they can't verbalize it  I know they are grateful and thankful for your gift to them. And, of course I am too! The photos and collages were wonderful and I believe  were a meaningful addition as they sat behind you on the blackboard and students could see them as you talked. You are a strong role model as a woman, person and social worker for these young (mainly) students. I always learn something new from you when I hear you speak so your words will have a ripple effect as I will quote you in my classes (if that is OK with you!). So, thank you again and I can' wait to see your book!! All of the very best, Sandy  

Just wanted to let you know that I finished Karen's book. Wow...I couldn't put it down. Thank you Can't wait for discussion. Bobbie B.  

I just finished this book......Wow. Very good. From what I read, she seems like a very strong & determined person. Very interesting and I also shed tears. I don't think I could of kept going if I was put in the same situation. Kelly B  

Karen, I wanted to thank you for sending and signing your book. It was a validation for those of us who survive abusive and dysfunctional beginnings that reaching goals, understanding, accepting and changing our learned behavior is possible. Tough but possible. Against all the odds, what you have achieved in your life is truly remarkable. I admire your determination and courage. Best of luck with the book and all your future plans!  Marge P.  

 I have started reading it and how powerful. It is very well written however, I don't like the fact that these things happened to you Karen. I have worked with women over the years that have been victims of chaotic families, physical and sexual abuse and it still makes me feel angry that abuse and neglect happen. I really admire your courage and determination to make a good life for yourself and your family. Thanks for sharing your story with us.   Mary L 

Hi Karen -I am reading your book. I'm not quite done yet, but I just wanted to tell you that I think you are amazing! It is hard to believe, knowing you now - an educated, intelligent, very gracious and friendly woman - that you came from such a difficult background and had so much to overcome. That is an amazing thing and I'm so glad you persevered. I feel privileged to know you the little bit that I do! You should be very proud of all that you have accomplished. Kathy D

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