So as you may or may not know by now, I’m getting married July 26th to my sweetheart, Linda Fox. Between the wedding and moving Linda down to Florida, I’ll be pretty busy until August 4th. If there are any emergencies regarding survivors in need, please know you can still contact me at either email@example.com or 754-234-7975. But I will be taking a little break from the day to day duties of Together We Heal for the next two weeks. Starting August 4th I will be back so be sure to take care of each other and yourselves.
plus I’ll be posting pictures on Facebook of wedding stuff, friends and family until y’all are sick of seeing them 😉
This is an example that hope, healing and a fulfilling life ARE capable of being had after abuse. I didn’t think love and marriage were ever going to be possible for me, but I’ve been given a chance at it and I’m so thankful for this wonderful woman and how much she loves me.
Thank you for all the well-wishes and prayers we’ve received so far.
In 2006 David took the first step in a long and painful journey back from the abyss of addiction and self-destruction. He promised his dying father that he would get clean. And he did. But as he cleaned his body and soul, he began to confront the sexual abuse that his addiction had for so long obscured — abuse perpetrated by a church youth minister when David was 12 to 15 years old.
Those three years of abuse destroyed the foundation of love and faith that had been built by his family. For 25 years, David kept the abuse secret and lost himself in a fog of drugs and alcohol. He was by turns destitute, at times incarcerated.
The promise to his dying father was the catalyst. And the bedrock of his mother’s love and devotion was the foundation on which David rebuilt his life. Therapy, 12-step meetings, and soul-deep determination were the bricks and mortar.
David founded Together We Heal to provide fellow survivors and their families, guidance through the trauma of childhood sexual abuse. In 2015 he was asked to become a part of the Child Safeguarding Initiative team with GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) to empower the Christian community through education and training to recognize, prevent, and respond to child abuse.
David represents Together We Heal & GRACE across the country as a public speaker and instructor; teaching churches, schools, and families how to talk with their kids about sexual abuse, how to better identify predatory behavior, and how to properly respond to those harmed.
"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” - Dr. Seuss
July 18, 2014 at 12:39 am
Wow!!! I didn’t know. All the very best to you and your lovely lady! So wonderful you have found each other!! xx
July 18, 2014 at 10:48 am
David,Congratulations!! You deserve all the happiness this life has to offer!!
July 18, 2014 at 10:58 am
Congratulations! Have a wonderful time and may God richly bless you both and your marriage.
July 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm
Congrats!!! From Kansas City! Leslie A Abbey!
July 19, 2014 at 8:03 am
Congratulations David and Linda! May you only know of God’s healing love, and the strength to pass it on. We love you very much, and will be dancing with you in spirit, on your wedding day!
Rivka Edery, M.S.W, L.C.S.W
Author of : “ Trauma And Transformation : A 12-Step Guide ”
July 19, 2014 at 2:46 pm
Congratulations David and Linda, very best wishes to you
July 19, 2014 at 9:32 pm
Congratulations to you both!
July 20, 2014 at 8:10 pm
Thank you so much for words of encouragement on our wedding! 🙂
July 27, 2014 at 8:39 am
Congratulations Dave and Linda. You are an excellent example of life happily moving on for all survivors. I wish you blessings, peace, and joyous bliss always! 💑