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I am blessed to have written for such websites + magazines as The Fix, The Mighty, Iam1in4, Thought Catalog, Sober Living Magazine, Recovery Today Magazine, Sunny Skyze + more. I never wanted to be a writer, I was just a sister with an important story to share. I hope you join me on this journey as we all maneuver through the complexities of life.
Life is exceptionally beautiful, but at times can be extremely challenging. Together, let's focus on the beauty.
Contact me for magazine, newspaper or television interviews or as a podcast guest.
My topics range from complex family relationships to alcohol addiction + mental illness.
"A deeply intimate and moving story of trauma, loss, addiction, tragedy and the possibility of redemption." -Gabor Mate M.D., Author In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction
How many times have you lost yourself in some chronic family crisis, giving and giving until there is no more left to give-and yet you give more. Out of love, out of duty, out of knowing that everyone looks to you?
Whether that awful situation is a result of a horribly dysfunctional family, chronic drug or alcohol addiction, sexual or verbal abuse, raising a disabled or autistic child, the pain of a disintegrating marriage and divorce, the responsibility that comes with parental healthcare decline, a jailed or arrested partner or some other trauma?
As women, we have often learned from childhood that we are the ones that must be the peacemakers, the problem-solvers, the fixers-the ones to make concessions. And we sometimes do this with dire consequences, losing our selves, sometimes our partners and our children -- and even our souls.
Jodee Prouse knows this from experience. Her painfully honest book The Sun Is Gone about trying to halt the alcoholic decline of her beloved brother, amidst a lifetime of family crisis and dysfunction, is both a cautionary tale and beacon of hope for women to find the strength to make painful, but personally healthy choices.
Her story begins as a child where she becomes her sweet little brother's protector as her alcohol-fueled father rages in the night. The daughter, grand-daughter, step-daughter, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, niece, great-niece, aunt, cousin and ultimately sister to alcoholics, she becomes the one pillar of strength in her immediate household. Eventually starting her own family with a loving husband and two children, Jodee remains her brother, Brett's best friend and safe harbor.