Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Disconnected From Family

London Free Press
Donald D'Haene
A good friend of mine, Donald D'Haene had one of his articles published in the London Free Times of Canada.  The title of the article was Reaching Out To Lost Brother At Christmas.  Reading Donald D'Haene's book and meeting him at the taping of the Oprah 200 Men show in 2010, I am well acquainted with his story.  In many ways, it matches up to what I experience in my own life.

No matter what you do, it is difficult when you are disconnected from family.  It is never easy no matter how many happy smiles you put on it or how many different ways you look at it.  It is something that you learn to live with in your life.  In my case, I chose to cut the connection to my family because it became to painful and toxic. In many ways though, they cut off the connection as well unless I came around to silencing myself.  It was the only way I could survive in the early 90's.  In order to begin finding myself, I had to cut the connection of the past.  It was one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do and even was much more difficult than learning how to walk again after my paralysis.

This story is not about me of course, but it connects deeply to my experiences in life.  I'll let Donald D'Haene share his story with you and how some good has come out of it.  To read this article, click on the following link

Article Link:  Reaching Out To Lost Brother At Christmas

For more in Donald D'Haene's book:   "Father's Touch" (Click Here)

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much Don for your kind words...your story is so powerful. We can be brothers in experience and yet our individual stories are so unique but equally important!
    your friend, Donald