“The hand of trauma is long but can be broken”
…I heard the voice again, you’re no good. I tried to ignore it but it wouldn’t go unheard. You are nothing; you are just a big fat failure! The hand of trauma is long and strong, stretching over decades and slowly choking out life, as it demands to be dealt with.
With those words ricocheting around my head, I climbed back into bed and slid the duvet over my head. I could still hear it, so I got up and adjusted the curtains until I could not see a glimmer of light. I felt my way along the walls and back to my bed, where I pulled the duvet over my head again. At last, the darkness that enveloped the room matched my world.
“Dust is travail, Dew is triumph”
Over the years I have owned my personal philosophies, I have come to realize that very often when we find ourselves inside a hole we still continue to dig and the more we dig the more we fall into the bottomless pit.
Dust to Dew chronicles my various journeys and battles through life from my little insecurities and a full blown fight against mental health/depression. Dust is chaos, dust blinds. Dew on the other hand speaks of a fresh start of hope renewed.
Dust is travail, Dew is triumph. I hope this book encourages you not to give in and not to give up but to look at every situation in your life from a fresher perspective.
Founder Genevieve Magazine, founder Genevieve Pink Ball for breast cancer, author Morning Dew, Life Lesson.
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I received your book from Amazon this morning. I haven’t finished the book yet–in fact, I haven’t even opened it. But the quote on the back shook me so much, I was surprised to find tears on my face.”You are not enough. In spite of all the prescriptions the doctors have given you, you are not better. You’re not enough then. Take all these pills at once.” I was showing the book to my mother when I read those words, and my reaction shocked us both. I don’t know when I will finish, because I’m almost scared to open it now, given my reaction to that quote and the memories it brought back. But I just needed to thank you for writing this book. Just the knowledge that someone as successful as you has experienced, felt, and thought EXACTLY what I have, has touched and inspired me in ways I cannot put into words. Thank you so much for this book, and God bless you.
I read your book on the flight coming to London on Saturday. I haven’t read a book that fast in a long time. As soon as I started the first chapter, I knew I wouldn’t be able to put the book down. I literally vicariously went on the journey with you. I laughed a lot at your funny parts and I teared up a lot too. Especially at the loss of your brother. All in all though, I admire your frankness and the ability to say it as it is with no filter. Its such a pity that in Nigeria today we still don’t have people we can go to for counselling or issues concerning mental health. I know this because I have often wondered sometimes who one can go to. Yes we have Pastors, but most of them are not trained in issues like this and it is very important to go to the appropriate person that suits our specific problem. I’m glad you have shed a lot of light on these issues in your book. One of the things that I took away from your book, is the courage to tell it all with a view to helping other people. In 2010 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer stage two. I had a complete mastectomy, underwent two types of Chemotherapy that spanned over one and a half years. Then I had breast reconstruction that took over two years. I since then started to write a journal, but alas stopped writing 2 years ago. Your book has encouraged me to pick the book up again and commence writing You are a very gracious woman, and I see the little girl in you with frilly frocks and ribbons in her hair. God allowed you to go through all this so that you would come out and be a Blessing to people going through similar challenges. You are a role model and an ambassador for overcoming and living a victorious life after navigating the storms of life. You are definitely beautiful from within and out. Keep up the good work and may the Lord continue to strengthen you and cover you with His Favour, Wisdom and Protection in Jesus Name. May the Lord Bless your children and Soni too. My love to you all.