161-Cecelia

Age 11

Age 11

I was 10 years old and I had a secret. A secret so frightening I couldn’t even tell my parents. When I think about it now I wonder how this innocent little girl, who was still playing with dolls, allowed this to happen to her. An only child, I never heard a word about sex, my mom just said, don’t ever let a boy touch you, a warning I took literally. By 19 I was married and eventually had 2 children. I was 30 when my world came down around me, unhappy, dysfunctional and suffering from severe depression, it never entered my mind that it all may be connected to my childhood secret.
Years after my husband and his then business partner, Peter Pelullo closed shop, we met Pete by chance. He told us of his journey dealing with the abuse suffered as a child and the Foundation he established to help people like himself. I blurted out, I was abused as a child as well but I am handling it just fine. I didn’t want to stir a pot that didn’t need stirring. Two years later something happened to me that couldn’t handle, I was having severe sleeping problems. After many pills and evaluations, I went to the University of Pennsylvania Sleep Disorder Center. After an hour of evaluation I was shocked to hear I was suffering from post-traumatic stress, caused by the abuse I suffered so long ago. Now I knew I needed the help of Pete’s Foundation. I called Peter and the very next day he had me with Starting Point and a wonderful therapist, Allie Miller. Allie is giving me the tools I need to recover and for the first time in 65 years I feel that there is hope.

With God’s help and the help of Pete’s Foundation I finally feel have a chance to shed the guilt and unhappiness that has plagued me all these years. Thank you Let Go…Let Peace Come in Foundation for letting me know I am not alone and for giving me hope.