Severely abused, traumatised, suffering PTS, anxiety, depression and severe grief & loss, I found myself in Brisbane: my youngest daughter took me in. It was 1st August 2012. I had just escaped an horrific 4 years in a small cult on the Gold Coast of Australia. I lost my husband/best friend/marriage. I lost my whole family, including 3 daughters and 2 grandsons. My whole identity was stolen and I was shattered. All my possessions and achievments - accumulated over 60 years - were gone. I was distraught: I had lost 30 kilos and my hair was falling out. (Photo 2 in gallery was taken Christmas 2012; my first Christmas back with family. I was so emaciated, but so happy to be out of the 'group', which I later realised was a cult).
Over the past four and a half years, in Brisbane, my best friend (although not the marriage), my three daughters and two grandsons have all been restored to me. Through exit therapy, counselling, a wonderful doctor, and the incredible support of Brisbane Streetlevel Mission (a Salvation Army centre in Brisbane), my wellbeing has also been restored. I actually feel more settled and at peace than ever before.
It is now time for me to move to Lismore, back near my eldest daughter and her family. She wanted me to stay with her four years ago, however, I sensed the need for me to start again on my own - even as truamatic as that was for me. I needed to build a network around me so I could mend, hence I remained in Brisbane. But now is the time to move back to Lismore. (Photo 3 in the gallery is a shot of Lismore).
On an aged pension, renting, with no savings, I am appealing to your compassion for financial help to move back to be close to my family. I am grateful for all you assistance. Thankyou.