R.A. Dickey book: Childhood sexual abuse revealed in memoir by NY Mets pitcher

March 30, 2012 Comments Off on R.A. Dickey book: Childhood sexual abuse revealed in memoir by NY Mets pitcher

R.A. Dickey book: Childhood sexual abuse revealed in memoir with Daily News’ Wayne Coffey; NY Mets pitcher thought about suicide

Dickey says he got through painful times with ‘strength, honesty and love’

By Andy Martino NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

PORT ST. LUCIE — Four hours after telling the world what he was once unable to share with his wife, R.A. Dickey stood in the Mets clubhouse Tuesday, detailing the impact of sexual abuse on his life, and the hope that his own history will help other victims make peace with theirs.

In a raw, new memoir, excerpted Tuesday in Sports Illustrated and detailed in the Daily News, Dickey reveals that he was abused as an 8-year-old, and later lived with so much anger and shame that he contemplated suicide as recently as 2006….

Entitled “Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball” (Penguin/Blue Rider Press) and written with the Daily News’ Wayne Coffey, the book is excerpted in this week’s Sports Illustrated and in the Daily News on Thursday.

The book chronicles Dickey’s 14-year odyssey through the minor leagues, his entry into the majors, including finding a used syringe in the Texas Rangers clubhouse, and his late conversion to the knuckleball, but the biggest revelations center on a troubled Tennessee childhood.

Dickey writes about closing Nashville bars with his mother at age 5, sleeping in abandoned houses as a teen, swimming with alligators and turning to sports in an effort to mitigate the pain brought on by the sexual abuse.
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/a-dickey-book-childhood-sexual-abuse-revealed-memoir-news-wayne-coffey-ny-mets-pitcher-thought-suicide-article-1.1051163

R.A. Dickey writes of confronting darker sides of human nature
By R.A. Dickey with Wayne Coffey Tuesday March 27, 2012
From WHEREVER I WIND UP: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball, by R.A. Dickey with Wayne Coffey, published by arrangement with Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Copyright  2012 by R.A. Dickey.http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/baseball/mlb/03/26/dickey.excerpt/index.html

Human Experimentation Survivor – Day Breaks Over Dharamsala book

May 28, 2011 Comments Off on Human Experimentation Survivor – Day Breaks Over Dharamsala book

One of the 2011 NAUTILUS AWARDS SILVER WINNERS for the category of  MEMOIR / PERSONAL JOURNEY

DAY BREAKS OVER DHARAMSALA:  A Memoir Of Life Lost and Found by Janet Thomas publisher Nutshell Books http://www.nautilusbookawards.com/2011_Silver_Winners.html

The Nautilus Awards recognizes Books and Audio Books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living & positive social change,  while at the same time they stimulate the “imagination” and offer the reader “new possibilities” for a better life and a better world. http://www.nautilusbookawards.com/Home.html

Day Breaks Over Dharamsala – A Memoir of Life Lost and Found by Janet Thomas – Day Breaks Over Dharamsala was a 20-year writing journey that started in 1990.

book excerpt:
I’ve tried to heal from the electric shocks that could never happen but did; the sexual slavery as a child that only my body remembers; the experiments that happened to someone else In my body; the days and nights in the dark that made indistinguishable my self from all that did not exist; the places where I became an animal, where being debased for the enjoyment of others was my charm and my glory. I heal from it all, even as I know it could never have happened to me. It is what I don’t know that has both saved me and condemned me. And it seems, at times, as though there is no difference.

I do bear one visible scar. It’s four inches long and reaches down the inside of my left forearm. On my left hand are five-year old fingers and a thumb that does not bend. There is not much feeling in this hand. It is a hand that is always cold, always numb, always looked after by my other hand-the right one, the one that writes, that does everything. “The scar is real,” it writes. It is a huge scar. It is connected to medical experiments and electric shocks to see if the severed nerve would grow, and electric shocks to make sure I didn’t remember the electric shocks. And shocks to obliterate the memory of the sexual exploitation, the manipulation of my mind, and the banishment of my self to a place of hiding so profound it would take me fifty years to get her back..

Many children were experimented on in the 40s and 50s; they still are. Many children were used for child prostitution and pornography; they still are. Many children, and adults, too, had their minds experimented upon through electric shock and drugs and by the destruction of the bonds that make life possible. It is everywhere. Yet it is ultimately our healing that matters. Only in healing that which is invisible is there hope.    Nutshell Books (November 2009) ISBN-13: 978-0615329215 http://www.daybreaksoverdharamsala.com/

Day Breaks Over Dharamsala – A Memoir of Life Lost and Found

July 6, 2010 Comments Off on Day Breaks Over Dharamsala – A Memoir of Life Lost and Found

describes abuse

Day Breaks Over Dharamsala – A Memoir of Life Lost and Found by Janet Thomas
Day Breaks Over Dharamsala was a 20-year writing journey that started in 1990. A year later, I moved to an island to finish it. I had no idea that I had another twenty years to go.  To begin with, it was a book full of anguish, fear and loathing–for both self and other. It had no redeeming humor, no redemption, and no India. It chronicled a different trip, to California, down a highway of recrimination, shame and rage.  I had a lot of healing ahead of me.

book excerpt:
I’ve tried to heal from the electric shocks that could never happen but did; the sexual slavery as a child that only my body remembers; the experiments that happened to someone else. In my body; the days and nights in the dark that made indistinguishable my self from all that did not exist; the places where I became an animal, where being debased for the enjoyment of others was my charm and my glory. I heal from it all, even as I know it could never have happened to me. It is what I don’t know that has both saved me and condemned me. And it seems, at times, as though there is no difference.

I do bear one visible scar. It’s four inches long and reaches down the inside of my left forearm. On my left hand are five-year old fingers and a thumb that does not bend. There is not much feeling in this hand. It is a hand that is always cold, always numb, always looked after by my other hand–the right one, the one that writes, that does everything. “The scar is real,” it writes. It is a huge scar. It is connected to medical experiments and electric shocks to see if the severed nerve would grow, and electric shocks to make sure I didn’t remember the electric shocks. And shocks to obliterate the memory of the sexual exploitation, the manipulation of my mind, and the banishment of my self to a place of hiding so profound it would take me fifty years to get her back….

Many children were experimented on in the 40s and 50s; they still are. Many children were used for child prostitution and pornography; they still are. Many children, and adults, too, had their minds experimented upon through electric shock and drugs and by the destruction of the bonds that make life possible. It is everywhere. Yet it is ultimately our healing that matters. Only in healing that which is invisible is there hope.
Nutshell Books (November 2009) ISBN-13: 978-0615329215
http://www.daybreaksoverdharamsala.com/

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