Fire-Brown | Healing Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
Hear Fire-Brown discuss how she turned a childhood of abuse and tragedy into triumph and advocacy. She shares how healing oneself can help start a movement of healing others.
Oprah Winfrey, in a LifeClass on “How Honoring Your Calling Feeds Everything in Your Life,” once said of Fire-Brown, “And ask Fire-Brown, who looked into an abandoned baby’s eyes, saw herself and found her calling…”
Originally from Newark, New Jersey, Fire-Brown is an adult survivor of child abuse who has made her home in Metro-Atlanta for the past 20 years. There, she is the Founding Facilitator of ASCA-Atlanta, a weekly self-help support group for adult survivors of childhood abuse. This abuse may be physical, sexual, mental and/or neglect.
Several years ago, Fire-Brown found herself triggered by memories, flashbacks and nightmares of her childhood sexual molestation. After struggling with the PTSD and traumatic impact of the abuse, she sought therapy and began to blog about her experience and healing journey. Through a Google search, she found ASCA and began working the 21 Steps to recovery. She journaled about the process and wound up with a book titled “Journal of a Suicide Failed,” which includes several paintings she did along the journey.
Fire-Brown is a wife and the mother of a teen girl and boy in Forsyth County, where she once volunteered as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children).
Recently, after overcoming the devastating impact of the child abuse and years of therapy, she recreated a life worth living and is thriving. Her motto: Who I am is the Possibility of Love, Laughter and Leadership.
At the age of 49 she put herself through school to become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. She is now a Registered Echo Tech and very proud of her accomplishments.
Oprah Life Class: video, Honoring Your Calling
- CATEGORY 2016
- TAGS child abuse , health , justice