By Mary McPhail Gray
NVW Board Chair
“ Even though I was standing on the top of the Golden Gate Bridge, I didn’t jump.” related Sally (not her real name).
“I was living in California at the time and had experienced homelessness, alcoholism and abandonment by my husband. But I looked down, and I suddenly felt a surge of strength and happiness. I loved life and nature too much to leave it.”
After that, Sally began in earnest the long route to a healthy life.
Sally was the youngest of four children—abandoned by their father when she was one. In her family, she experienced hunger, neglect, sexual abuse and torture. By the time she was ten, her terrors were manifested in binge eating and then anorexia and bulimia.
“I hid a lot, kept very quiet, and did not tell anyone what was happening to me.” [Read more…]