I was born in London to an Irish mother and a Greek father. I have a sister a year younger than me.
I grew up traveling the world, absorbing diverse cultures from Pakistan to India, Syria to Egypt, Jordan to Lebanon, Italy to Athens, New York to Israel.
On the 19 July, 1985, at 1.05pm the most memorable event of my life happened. I gave birth to my beautiful, loving, wonderful daughter. I was in my early 20s, living and working in London.
Three months after she was born her dad and I broke up. I packed up lock, stock and barrel and moved to Dublin for a fresh start. I fell in love and married my Irish husband 24 years ago. Although Ireland has become my home, I remain a wanderer at heart. I love my dogs, and presently the centre of my life is Olliepop, a one-year-old Shitzu and my latest addition Bettyboop (Princess).
I always worked and played hard. Having lived amongst a lot of sufferings, in war-torn regions, unstable regions, poverty-stricken regions, I recognize the privilege of living in peaceful and safe surroundings. My life was truly honored.
Late in 2012, I experienced a severe destructive trauma; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): it is not a mental illness. It is an injury; an emotional trauma injury which continues to have a resounding impact on my life and that of my family and friends. I had been in an emotionally abusive relationship that ended horribly impounding the abuse from which I suffered PTSD. At that stage, I started a poetry blog; Poetry on Life’s Journey.
“We became locked in a crazy love until one day I quite literally was forced out of a coma and had to choose life over him.”
I look back at the spirit, excitement and the journey of my life and wonder how I lost my way so badly. I see a passionate, strong, independent, sane woman slip into a desperate, weak, dependent, crazy one in just one year. Writing the poetry saved my life.
The poetry was the catalyst for On The Edge on Emotional Abuse and ‘Micro Chapters’ – in which I told my story.
Due to the legal case against Paul Allen, I was advised to remove the Micro Chapter Posts.
I am writing a book Eventide Love – Factual Fiction Psychological Thriller based on my story. At the moment I post synapsis on the blog. The book is in the process being written.
A sincere Thank You to everyone who has supported and encouraged me with my writing; it has been a wonderful and often heart-rending experience.
Email Address – firstname.lastname@example.org
“For the last couple of years, I have been in a tumble dry cycle – hurled around, hitting against the sides of the drum, erratically lacerated, mangled, being knocked and jolted about some more, not knowing how bloody long the cycle would continue for or where the next blow would come from. Then suddenly, intermittently, the cycle stops. I violently jolt to a screaming halt…………. I am knocked senseless by it; the trauma is so great, it’s unrelenting.”
The court case with Paul Allen PR finally came to fruition on December 16, 2014, from which I was vindicated and validated. Now it’s all over.
Special thanks to Ciara Matthews my solicitor from Gallagher Shatter Solicitors, Barrister Liam Bell and Michelle Cahill my Psychiatrist for their patience, care, belief, and support. And thank you to everyone else that worked with me to recovery.
A very special, heartfelt Thank You to my family and friends who stuck by me and understood.
Thank you to everyone for following the unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty. I am most grateful. You gave me the strength and courage to keep going. I will be back in the first quarter of 2015; until then I hope you have a wonderful start to the New Year. xxx
I finish with a quote by Yo-Yo Ma; ‘Things can fall apart, or threaten to, for many reasons, and then there’s got to be a leap of faith. Ultimately, when you’re at the edge, you have to go forward or backward; if you go forward, you have to jump together.’
Poetry On Life’s Journey – Poetry Blog