Welcome to the Blog for my book I've Been There...My Testimony of Hope.

This blog is a mixed bag, no holds barred mix of back stories, information, updates, and connection links to I've Been There...A Testimony of Hope. It has links inks.

My hubs David and I are committed to sharing CHANGE MAKING COMMUNICATIONS to inspire life-affirming changes at any age and stage of life. promote the idea that it is never too late to be great and to live our very best lives.

We welcome and appreciate all supporters. Together we are stronger, and that is the message of I've Been There...A Testimony of Hope.

The who, what, when and why of my book

For years prior to writing this book, my hubs David, clients and friends urged me to share the who, what, when and why of where I was and where I am today.

Oddly it was a quote that framed things in a way that made sense to share my healing and spiritual path from the "there to my healthy, happy here. The essence of the quote was, "those who have walked through the fires and became a Phoenix have a moral responsibility to give the lessons back to give other their transformational wings."

The girl in the shadows on the book jacket was me back "there.| " I wrote this book as a testimony of hope and chronicale how my scars were turned into Lodestars that guide my and others I share our Change Making ideas with today. My book is an offering and affirmation that it is not what happens to us that defines who and what we become. Instead, it is how we respond and choose to do about it.

Bright blessings on your own journey,

Coralie "Raia" Darsey-Malloy

About Me

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First up...I wear many hats, literally and figuratively. I write professionally and along with my memoir I've Been There...My Testimony of Hope I have written a variety of books on healthy dynamic living. My hubs David and I co own and co-direct Change Making Communications . We share ideas through blogs, Face Book Groups, You Tube, free lance writing, presentations inprivate and group facilitation dynamic living live coaching. David and I have been partners in life and business since 1990. We have no intention of retiring because we know that it is only work if you don't life it and we love what we do.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Short Documentary on Electro Convulsive Therapy 'Out of Mind'

When I was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia in my late teens and early twenties I endured 129 Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) before the psychiatrist realized that was not the root cause of my "diagnosis." In later years I received a letter of apology from Selkirk Mental Institution for the course of treatment. The rationale was talk therapy with patients and family was not what they were doing in the late 1950's and 1960's. My hubs David and I decided against seeking legal compensation or malpractice and choose to live within the now of our great life rather than go back to what cannot be changed. The events happened, they are integrated into the chapters in my book that have been written and closed for me. I accept that when I went through this in the early sixties psychiatry was a still a new specialty/ During five years in and out of mental wards specialist did not consider the root cause of emotions, dissociated behaviors, repressed memories or dysfunction within the family of origin.  at the symptoms...not the root causes. I share my experience, s not as an outcry of injustice, rather a celebration of what is possible for anyone to conceive, believe and achieve. A happy fit and fabulous, healthy life.

This documentary about Electro Convulsive Therapy presents the experiences I had and are portrayed in some chapters  I write about in my book and what I witnessed on hospital wards. It is not for the faint of heart and ECT treatments are a part of mental health treatments today in a more subdued methodology. I know it works for some patients but in my case, it was not effective.  I accept that when I went through this in the early sixties psychiatry was a still a new speciality but all my years in and out of mental wards they only looked at the symptoms...not the root causes. I healed and become whole, healing, strong and healthy when I took the whole person approach as I discuss in my book.  As with this woman I lost touch with who I was and all the past social structures were also wiped out. I had to start from the bottom and work my way back up and I have. That is where I was...and where I am today. My recovery is a Testimony of Hope.

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