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Taking the Summer to Reflect

Summer is always a wonderful to relax.  I recently took my niece to Disney World and had a wonderful time, granted I had a few moments of the past rear its ugly head, but the trip also caused me to remember some wonderful times I had as a child.

Message in a Bottle

For my 39th birthday, my web designer and friend, Mark, gave me a wonderful present - Message in a Bottle.  It is an idea the contributors of this side have been thinking about for awhile, but it took Mark to make it a reality. I am so appreciative and so thankful to bring this to our site.

Making Time

Saturday night was spent with friends I had not seen in awhile.  I had a wonderful time, but the time spent with them made me realize I don't do it enough.  Opening myself up to being around friends is always hard.  I am a closed off person, it is hard for me to relax and have a good time.  I would not enjoy myself at a party where I didn't know anyone, I am not one of those people who has a great time anywhere she goes.

Dealing With the Pain

There are times when the pain hits like a quick blow to the stomach.  It is unexpected and swift, causing me to suck in a quick breath.  It happened to me this week.  I took my four year old niece to Disney World and it was wonderful. 

Moving Out and Moving On

I moved into my very own first place yesterday.  Moving was scary because I had to leave safety behind in order to fly.  I have never, ever lived alone.  I have always lived with someone.  This is a totally new experience for me at the age of 38 (soon to be 39).  

Susan Still - Amazing

Yesterday I had the honor of being able to watch and listen to Susan Still.  She is the woman who gained national recognition for leaving her abusive husband after he had their 13 year old son video tape his abusive behavior.  She has been spotlighted on Oprah and 20/20.

Listening to her was amazing.  She has overcome so much in her lifetime.  She is an amazing woman who is well spoken and very brave.

Introducing Karen

My name is Karen Fennell, and I am a psychotherapist who treats sexual abuse survivors.  I am also the mother of a son who, as a child, was sexually abused by a family member.  My son came to me when he was 19 years old and told me he had been sexually abused when he was a little boy by his uncle. The news shook me to the core. My world was rocked by sexual abuse,

Piers Morgan Airs Tonight

Last month I flew to LA, Hollywood, to be exact and sat for an interview with Piers Morgan about my new book, Redemption.

I was excited to go, I had so much that I wanted to say and the best part about the trip was that my best friend from high school, Tom Wilson, would be going with me.

As Piers began asking his questions the excitement I had felt earlier turned into something else, something that I cannot clearly describe.  He began asking me about the abuse I suffered and I panicked. 

While We Change Others Stay The Same

Over the past twenty years I have changed. The person I have become has been forged by determination, stubbornness, pain, happiness, humbleness, and sorrow.  I owe the majority of my transformation to knowing my truth and standing for it.  

There was a time when I just wanted to be "normal" and I pretended I was so that I could fit in.  Over the course of twenty years I have redefined my definition of "normal".  I truly believe that although I have had horrendous events happen in my past, I am "normal". 

Opening Doors

Last night I went to dinner with a few friends and included in that group is a gentleman in his mid seventies, who I will call Al.  Apparently Al bought my book, Redemption.  He read it and asked me to sign his copy.  It was hard for me to think about this dear, sweet, older gentleman reading the horrors of my past.  Once again, shame crept over me.  I had those same feelings of, "Oh, now he will know what I have been through."  My head hung low.

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About Stacey Lannert

Stacey is free. In January 2009, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt commuted her sentence of life without parole. She is currently speaking out about sexual abuse and sharing her message of love, healing and forgiveness.

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