Sadie, wow, first off thanks so much for your openness. I am diagnosed with PTSD in addition to anxiety and depression etc and know it can be hard to open up but also know (from group therapy, sharing my testimony at peer centers, even from some of what I've shared online or in my writing) it can be freeing as well.
I actually have a Rotary presentation Tuesday morning about the Kai the Hitchhiker book (was published late January) so I'm getting to bed early, but I will find my protonmail login info so we can have end to end encryption for privacy.
Hope you've been able to find some healthy outlet whether it's therapy, art, community service or whatever that helps heal you. For a long time I think it's been journalism for me. I realized in the last couple years that was why I was called to do this kind of work. I can't get justice for myself or even for some of the people I try to help but in helping them get their stories out there, shared in a public forum, airing their grievances, that in itself can be kind of therapeutic as well.
Thank you so much. In the meantime you can email me at [email protected]
I'll send you a download link for the book as well. There's one chapter that goes into his early life that ref's The Family and another chapter that goes further into The Family and the Canadian Residential School Program that "reeducated" Indigenous children like Kai's father...
Like my first book though there are portions that are triggering so don't feel pressured to read it and if you do read it or my first book (Pedogate Primer about institutional pedophilia) please make sure to take breaks. When I wrote both books, especially with the first, I didn't give myself space enough and my physical and mental health suffered for a while but I did at least get back into therapy and off and on on meds since which has helped.