Raising Awareness and Helping Shine the Light ~ END Childhood Sexual Abuse (Revised Book Tour)

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Prevention starts by talking to others about this issue and the necessity to keep our children safe by protecting them

I want to raise awareness and help shine the light

Special thanks to Indigo/Chapters Canada for making this 2019 Book Tour possible

 

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The Dissociate – Book Signing (IndigoSpirit TD Square Calgary)

Thu 11 AM · by Debbie Ehrstien

Indigospirit (TD Square)

Calgary, AB, Canada

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The Dissociate – Book Signing (Chapters Crowfoot Calgary Canada)

Fri 6 PM · by Debbie Ehrstien

Chapters Crowfoot

Calgary, AB, Canada

MAY

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The Dissociate – Book Signing (Chapters Kamloops)

Wed 12 PM PDT · by Debbie Ehrstien

Chapters Kamloops

Kamloops, BC, Canada

MAY

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The Dissociate – Book Signing (Indigo Kelowna)

Thu 12 PM PDT · by Debbie Ehrstien

Indigo Kelowna

Kelowna, BC, Canada

MAY

4

The Dissociate – Book Signing (Indigo Robson Vancouver)

Sat 1 PM PDT · by Debbie Ehrstien

Indigo Robson

Vancouver, BC, Canada

MAY

5

The Dissociate – Book Signing (Chapters Pinetree Coquitlam BC)

Sun 1 PM PDT · by Debbie Ehrstien

Chapters Pinetree Village

Coquitlam, BC, Canada

MAY

16

The Dissociate – Book Signing (IndigoSpirit TD Square Calgary)

Thu 11 AM · by Debbie Ehrstien

Indigospirit (TD Square)

Calgary, AB, Canada

MAY

17

The Dissociate – Book Signing (Chapters Crowfoot Calgary Canada)

Fri 6 PM · by Debbie Ehrstien

Chapters Crowfoot

Calgary, AB, Canada

MAY

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The Dissociate – Book Signing (Chapters Chinook Calgary Canada)

Fri 6 PM · by Debbie Ehrstien

Chapters Chinook

Calgary, AB, Canada

JUN

8

The Dissociate – Book Signing (Coles, Prince George BC)

Sat 12 PM PDT · by Debbie Ehrstien

Coles (Pine Centre)

Prince George, BC, Canada

JUN

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The Dissociate – Book Signing (IndigoSpirit TD Square Calgary)

Thu 11 AM · by Debbie Ehrstien

Indigospirit (TD Square)

Calgary, AB, Canada

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-dissociate-a-memoir-of/9780995962309-item.html?ikwid=The+Dissociate&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=2

“We become truly exceptional when we’re obsessed with improvement” ~ Mark Manson

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What an honour to be a part of Indigo Chapters. Thank-you for your support!

Privileged to sit next to Oprah Winfrey.

Special thanks to Sheri for your strength.

Meet the Author ~ The Dissociate

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Please join me at my upcoming Book Signing

Help spread the word
Every child deserves a childhood. Don’t let it be taken away
We have a moral responsibility to stand up for children
Childhood sexual abuse is preventable through awareness and education

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The Dissociate – Book Signing (Chapters Chinook Calgary Canada)

Fri 6 PM · by Debbie Ehrstien

Chapters Chinook

Calgary, AB, Canada

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The Dissociate – Book Signing (Indigo CrossIron Mills Calgary)

Sat 12 PM · Valerie C. Thomas is going

Indigo Crossiron Mills

Rocky View County, AB, Canada

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The Dissociate – Book Signing (IndigoSpirit TD Square Calgary)

Thu 11 AM · by Debbie Ehrstien

Indigospirit (TD Square)

Calgary, AB, Canada

APR

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The Dissociate – Book Signing (Chapters Crowfoot Calgary Canada)

Fri 6 PM · by Debbie Ehrstien

Chapters Crowfoot

Calgary, AB, Canada

MAY

4

The Dissociate – Book Signing (Indigo Robson Vancouver)

Sat 1 PM PDT · by Debbie Ehrstien

Indigo Robson

Vancouver, BC, Canada

MAY

5

The Dissociate – Book Signing (Chapters Pinetree Coquitlam BC)

Sun 1 PM PDT · by Debbie Ehrstien

Chapters Pinetree Village

Coquitlam, BC, Canada

MAY

16

The Dissociate – Book Signing (IndigoSpirit TD Square Calgary)

Thu 11 AM · by Debbie Ehrstien

Indigospirit (TD Square)

Calgary, AB, Canada

MAY

17

The Dissociate – Book Signing (Chapters Crowfoot Calgary Canada)

Fri 6 PM · by Debbie Ehrstien

Chapters Crowfoot

Calgary, AB, Canada

MAY

24

The Dissociate – Book Signing (Chapters Chinook Calgary Canada)

Fri 6 PM · by Debbie Ehrstien

Chapters Chinook

Calgary, AB, Canada

JUN

13

The Dissociate – Book Signing (IndigoSpirit TD Square Calgary)

Thu 11 AM · by Debbie Ehrstien

Indigospirit (TD Square)

Calgary, AB, Canada

Healing from Writing and Strength from Helping ~ Debbie Ehrstien 

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In Chapter Six of my book, The Dissociate: A Memoir of Secrets and Survival of Childhood Sexual Abuse I talk about the healing continuum and all the ups and down you experience through the healing process. 

Stage Three, I talk about having a voice and breaking the silence. “It takes a great deal of courage to share what happened to you. The powerful healing force behind telling another human being will help you move forward.” 

 

 

I’m grateful to receive hundreds of notes and emails from survivors and supporters. One in particular, was an email from a fellow warrior. I met this brave woman at one of my public book signing events.

“Because of you, I sought out Rachel Grant and am halfway through her Beyond Surviving group program. She has been such a blessing in my healing journey- this kind of program was exactly what I needed. I had talked to 3 different therapists and had a psychologist but wasn’t getting what I needed or felt like it was helping. Now, with the help of Rachel’s program, I am letting go of the shame behind my childhood abuse and wasn’t even aware of my abandonment issues until I read that chapter! 

So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for your courage to write your book. I owe a big part of my healing journey to you.” ~ Leanne 

https://rachelgrantcoaching.com/beyond-surviving-more/

Every child deserves a childhood ~ Don’t let it be taken away

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To all Survivors, Supporters, Parents, Doctors, Teachers

Please join me on Friday evening with other courageous warriors at Chapters Chinook Centre Calgary Canada

You are not alone

Childhood sexual abuse is preventable through awareness and education

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Join me tonight!
Every child deserves a childhood. Don’t let it be taken away. We have a moral responsibility to stand up for children. Childhood sexual abuse is preventable through awareness and education.

You are not alone

Bell Let’s Talk Day raises more than $7.2M

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Did you know:

The economic burden of mental illness in Canada is estimated at $51 billion per year. This includes health care costs, lost productivity, and reductions in health-related quality of life.

By the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have—or have had—a mental illness

Mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada

The disease burden of mental illness is 1.5 times higher than all cancers put together

About 4,000 Canadians per year die by suicide—an average of almost 11 suicides a day

The Dissociate ~ A Memoir of Secrets and Survival of Childhood Sexual Abuse I discuss in Chapter Four my mental illness journey. I share the types of treatment, therapies and doctors that were involved in my road to wellness. I also share an excerpt from a suicide note I wrote on a very dark and painful day I was preparing to take my life. I’m so glad I’m not another statistic and I’m here today to be an advocate for other survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Please remember, you are not alone.

For help, please call

Canada Suicide Prevention Services 1-833-456-4566 Available 24/7

United States Suicide Prevention 1-800-784-2433 Available 24/7

Worldwide contacts: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/crisis-centres/worldwide-emergency-numbers/

 

 

 

Every child deserves a childhood ~ Don’t let it be taken away

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Every child deserves a childhood.                                                                       Don’t let it be taken away.
We have a moral responsibility to stand up for children.
Childhood sexual abuse is preventable through awareness and education.

Join me tonight at Chapters, Crowfoot Calgary 6 – 8pm 

We have a chance to provide help to our children and stop the hurting

You are not alone

Breaking the Silence

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Over the past year I received countless messages from men & women (survivors and supporters) from all over the world. I made it a goal to respond to each of you.  Thank-you for all the messages and keep up the difficult work of healing. You can do it!

Recently, I received yet another note that touched my heart. 

“Debbie Ehrstien’s authentic and unabashed honesty when talking about a topic very close to my heart was inspiring and loving company for me through a period of struggling and healing, and continues to be to this day. Her connection to dance and movement discussed in the book struck me in particular, and I am endlessly thankful that she was brave enough to share her story!”  ~ anonymous

 

 

Break the silence and start your healing journey today. You’ll soon realize how strong, courageous and spectacular you really are.

You are not alone.

Yoga and the Benefits of Calming Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Symptoms

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Yoga consists of breath (pranayama), postures (asanas) and meditation. 

Yoga has been a big part of my continued healing journey. My determination to reconnect my mind and body. 

In chapter seven of my book, The Dissociate: A Memoir of Secrets and Survival of Childhood Sexual Abuse I talk about how self-care has helped bring me back into my body.  

Yoga Class today was a reminder of my continued work in healing my mind, body and spirit.    

I was asked to reach behind and grab my right foot with my right hand. Sounds simple right? I was unable to do this posture. Not because of flexibility but because I didn’t know where my foot was. I began to feel panic. Stress began to surge through my body. I looked behind to ensure I still had a right foot. I know that sounds odd but I had to reassure my mind I was still whole. I then began judging myself. Why is this happening again? Why am I disconnecting my mind and body? 

It only lasted a few minutes thanks to some deep cleansing breaths.  I began to quiet my mind and quickly I realized that I’m very much a work in progress and that’s okay. 

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is the result of great suffering. PTSD can disrupt your whole life ― your job, your relationships, your health and your everyday enjoyment. 

But there’s hope. 

Do the hard work and don’t give up. 

You are not alone.

Namaste