Untangled, A Story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph

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From the introduction of Untangled, A Story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph

My body is streaked with sweat and dirt from my desperate search to find safe shelter. I’m barefoot, in a grimy torn t-shirt and shorts; my hands and feet caked with dirt. My hair is filthy and matted. My mouth is dry; I can smell and taste the gritty dust that hangs in the air. I sit down on a curb at the side of the road, and I know it’s over.

I’m unbelievably weary, all my energy spent in the act of sitting down. I’m devastated…emotionally, mentally, and physically, and the worst of my wounds are invisible. My eyes fill up, but no tears fall. I can only sit amid the rubble, trying to trust the safety of the gray, silent sky.

Six years later, the scene has changed. I’m no longer living in fear of the tangled web of sadistic people who use threats to keep their victims terrified and questioning their sanity. I feel grateful. The therapist that I call my Sherpa is sitting next to me. He’s listened to and witnessed my entire story, and never deserted me. He understands my journey and sometimes shares my grief. He’s helped me honor my resilience; taught me the value of telling my story and the importance of just sitting with my truth. So we sit here together, quietly resting in that truth.

I’ve fully remembered and told the story of my first twenty years, of surviving the abuse, neglect, abandonment, and fear. I’ve left behind those who terrorized me. I’ve untangled myself. My courage has set me free, and now nothing can keep me tied to the past. I can truly live today with blinders off and eyes wide open.


Thank you to all of you who have written a review about Untangled on Amazon. I greatly appreciate it! Alexis




15 thoughts on “Untangled, A Story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph

  1. atribeuntangled May 8, 2016 / 2:04 pm

    Thank You so much!! I just use my first name too. I think a lot of people do that. I really appreciate your support. Have a good Sunday! 😀 Alexis


  2. RisingSong May 8, 2016 / 11:44 am

    Yes, I really would like to do that! I am trying to work up the courage to do so. Commenting on your blog was sort of practice for it 🙂 My account for writing reviews on Amazon uses my real first name…but not my last 😉

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  3. atribeuntangled May 7, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    Thank Youso much for your kind words and feedback. That means the world for me to hear. Its so scary to put your life out there, but reading this sure makes it all worth it. Im wondering if you would be willing to write a review on Amazon. You dont have to use your own name, they let you pick a public name. This kind of review helps others find Untangled too. If you arent comfortable that is okay too. Again thank You!! Have a wonderful weekend. Alexis.


  4. RisingSong May 7, 2016 / 5:51 am

    I have just finished reading your book. For me, it was part of a series of memoirs that I have been reading in an effort to remember my own past. Because of the subject matter, I find that I have to pace myself while reading these accounts…when I read Untangled, I couldn’t put it down!

    Thank you for having the courage to publish your story. There was so much that I took home, but I think what rang the loudest for me was your desire to not just survive but to live “with the blinders off”. When I read this I thought, “Yes! That’s exactly what I am trying to do!”

    I’m not quite there yet, but I am certainly making my way. Your book has been part of my therapy…an inspiration. Thank you.

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  5. atribeuntangled May 6, 2016 / 1:11 pm

    Thank You Caroline, I really appreciate that! If you decide to read Untangled I look forward to your feedback. Have a great weekend. Alexis


  6. carolineturriff May 6, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    Your description of how you have overcome your past is inspirational and I so agree with you that being free of the past needs to be a lifetime objective for those who have been abused.

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  7. atribeuntangled May 6, 2016 / 11:08 am

    Thank You Lynette. I hope you are able to read Untangled, I would love your feedback. Alexis

    Liked by 1 person

  8. lynettedavis May 6, 2016 / 4:38 am

    “I’ve left behind those who terrorized me. I’ve untangled myself. My courage has set me free, and now nothing can keep me tied to the past. I can truly live today with blinders off and eyes wide open.” You have no idea how encouraging it is to read these words. Thank you.

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  9. atribeuntangled May 4, 2016 / 4:53 pm

    Thank You so much! Yes, I feel VERY grateful for my reviews. It was so scary to put my story out there and now Im glad I did.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. SpiritualJourney17 May 4, 2016 / 1:57 pm

    I clicked on your link to purchase your book. 🙂 You have great reviews!


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