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Surrounded by her dogs, nature and books, Maureen Rooney enjoys her life with her person and best friend. After an adventurous life filled with 25 years of ER, trauma, and paediatric nursing, Maureen now enjoys writing and working as a mental health and school nurse on an Indigenous reserve. Maureen hopes to teach and guide youth to a better future, providing them with tools to overcome their past traumas, both lived and inherited. Writing her memoir is the first step towards sharing her own survival strength to support others struggling through the crossroads of their healing journey. In addition to Maureen sharing her story to help others, she is currently training Labradors Retrievers to become therapy dogs, helping children with PTSD, anxiety, or learning disabilities. Throughout her life, Maureen survived many nights due to the comfort of her dogs. She will tap into the natural healing energy they exude, supporting children to build self-esteem, confidence, and hope. Dogs help heal your heart. Maureen will launch her reading program, Labs for Literacy, where children will come and read to her therapy dogs. Maureen received great learnings through her experience as a new non-fiction writer; a story needed to be brought to the surface and shared to hopefully inspire, give hope, and exhibit proof that resilience and forgiveness are possible.

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Maureen debuts her work as a non-fiction writer by providing a disturbingly intimate insight into the frightful world of domestic child abuse that no court transcript, Crown brief or police testimony could possibly describe or give justice to.An incredible story of a young woman growing up in the grips of disfunction and abuse who eventually, with internal fortitude, courage and resolve, overcomes all odds and triumphs in the end to break the cycle. Robert ThomasDetective, Toronto Police Service
For those who are blessedly unfamiliar with personal experience of childhood abuse, this insightful read will assist in understanding the thought process of adult survivors.This examples the non-linear and intrusive nature of thoughts experienced by survivors as they go through and they piece together the puzzle of recovered memories and feelings and the complexity of coming to terms with the impact on their lives and relationships. Jessica MC

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