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ABOUT CAROLYN

Carolyn S. Hennecy – native Floridian, author, freelance writer and blogger. A/k/a southern blonde traveling with sense of humor and a passion for cheesecake, known to be heard several times a day declaring, “JUST PEACHY!”

In 2008 Carolyn’s memoirs, ORANGE BLOSSOM WISHES: Child Molested, Woman Abused – Her Victorious Journey to Freedom was published. In her book, she successfully addresses emotional trauma and devastation, while peppering this autobiography with light-hearted southern charm. With powerful conviction she establishes the important roles laughter and faith played in her healing and restoration. Since the book’s release, Carolyn has traveled extensively, appeared on local and nationally syndicated television and radio programs, and had the privilege to interact with victims and survivors at various book signings throughout Florida and in parts of the southeastern United States.

With passion Carolyn strives to raise awareness regarding domestic/intimate partner violence, child molestation and sexual abuse. As an advocate, she actively pursues every opportunity to educate, empower and inform public, private, secular and religious venues in an effort to eradicate the senseless emotional and mental damage, physical injuries, and far too often, deaths that come as a result of abuse and domestic violence.

Carolyn is a credentialed minister, working in pastoral and spiritual support counseling, as well as advocating for domestic and sexual violence awareness. In 2010 she was chosen as 1 of only 5 women in the nation as a Verizon VOICES rep to the Family Justice Center Annual International Conference, where she participated on a 4-member panel comprised of women from around the nation addressing “Long Term Support” for domestic violence survivors. She previously served as Co-Chair of the VOICES Committee with the Family Justice Center Hillsborough County, has completed the “Gift of Presence” Chaplaincy course and 16-hour “Nuts & Bolts” program for domestic violence advocate training. She is also a member of the Sexual Violence Task Force of Tampa Bay Speakers Bureau. Carolyn has been honored to be involved with the local ABC staff in their Emmy award winning special, “Taking Action Against Domestic Violence.”

Carolyn is a regular contributing blogger at Everyday Health on Emotional Wellbeing and Living With Heart Disease, and serves as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association.

A mother of two adult children, “Grandma” to 4 grandgirls, in 2008, after 39 years of no contact, Carolyn “bumped into” one of her school buddies, a classmate from second grade through high school graduation.  After knowing each other 50  years, they had their first date, and later that year were married in their hometown.

Carolyn continues to be active as an inspirational/motivational speaker, widely known and described as “keepin’ it real.” With her passion, sense of humor and southern charm, Carolyn is ever on the ready to speak to the masses or small groups on topics as varied as single parenting, domestic violence, spirituality or just life in general.

Visit Carolyn’s website at http://www.orangeblossomwishes.com where you can learn more regarding her work in the area of domestic violence awareness.

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4 thoughts on “ABOUT CAROLYN

  1. Oh my Carolyn. I just heard about you via Tampa Bay Fox News.

    What most struck me is the connection with you and I about mental abuse. I’ve endured it since being a child in southern New Jersey.

    My Dad was a very smart man who was an immigrant from Scotland. Following his father’s foot steps and settling down here in the states close to his Scottish Dad who found work as a carpenter in Glenside, PA before sending “fare” for my Mom and older brother who was only five at the time in the early fifties, I was born in 1955 in Bristol, PA.

    As a child, I was a happy kid but did not like my Dad too much. He was very strict and not loving except for a token kiss during the holidays. I instinctively knew from early on that he was not the father he should be.

    I’m a bit tired right now but would like to continue this real-life story for you. To sum it up, he was mentally abusive to me as well as my Mom, and two brothers, but especialy me, being a female. Looong story and we were estranged for 30+ years.

    Stay tuned for part II.

    God bless you Carolyn for the courage to tell all about your ordeal. I hope to tell you more about my life. As you can imagine, it’s not easy to talk about in one snippet and I’m not even sure if I’ve run out of space here on your blog.

    Sandy
    Bradenton, FL

    Posted by Sandy Rodgers | October 17, 2011, 1:01 am
    • Sandy,
      Thanks for sharing! I believe you may be referring to the special that aired on ABC Action News, rather than Fox, or did they pick something up, as well? At any rate, I appreciate the fact you also understand the damage emotional and verbal abuse can do. They can be just as deadly as physical abuse. Blessings!

      Posted by Carolyn S. Hennecy | October 17, 2011, 10:51 am
  2. Carolyn, I hope that you can help me. I read your articles and also the information regarding heart disease. You see, I was mentally, emotionally and verbally abused as a child(my father AND my mother did not like me at all)and grew up and ended up marrying a man who waited until we were married and started physically, verbally, emotionally and mentally abused me. He did just about every thing under the book! But I hung in there, worked and raised up my three kids to adulthood. I became very sick multiple times during the marriage and was hit by a van while crossing the street once. To make a long story short, he died in 2006 and my mother died 9 months later. Before their passing, I suffered from severe depression and anxiety. I remember having to physically prepare myself and make the kids go into their room when he got home. I learned the “fine art” of taking a punch to the face(alot of times black eyes, busted lips, broken eardrum, broken nose). And I protected my kids and threatened to kill him if he touched the kids. My mother would call me evil and blame me for EVERYTHING that went wrong in our house. Once I overheared her say that I “looked just like my damn daddy” so I always wondered if that is why she did not like me or want me around. I read ALOT as a kid and she complained that I read too much. I once was going to start to keep a diary and she yelled at me that only serial killers keep diaries. One day, I got to pick a musical instrument to play; it was between a piano or an organ. I said piano and my mother said “we will take the organ”. I had to learn to play church songs because I was “bad”. In school, for drivers’ education, I could not pass the eye exam. I had been wearing the same glasses for about 5 years and I really could not read the signs. My mother yelled at me and brought me to the eyeglass place and said “since you can’t see, fine but you are getting the ugliest glasses they have!” and I did because she thought I had did it on purpose. My senior year of high school, I got myself enrolled at a local college so I could move into the dorms, work my pt job and leave home. My mother went behind my back and sent me away to a school out of town so “I could grow up”. Guess where I met my future abuser, I mean husband.

    Well, what I needed to know from you is that the abuse is over is the effects are not. I get so depressed and angry because I did NOT deserve ANY of it and they made me a scapegoat. Yet in my heart I loved them even though they did not love me back. Sometimes I do not even know what love is! Am I not deserving of love and being wanted in this world?

    But most of all, where was God? Since He knows everything about us, he PURPOSELY put me in a family that treated me like crap? And if THAT was not bad enough, had me in a relationship for the next 28 years to MORE abuse? Was He just watching? He could stop anything and He did! I BEGGED HIM TO MAKE IT STOP AND HE DID NOT. My mind is messed up and my life is almost gone. Is THIS my purpose for life from God? How am I to trust Him? I feel like HE let me down the worse but I can’t do anything about it. People(and LOVED ONES AT THAT)took my life, dreams, health, youth, everything away from me because they felt like it and nobody ever said why or sorry.

    How am I suppose to live with this?

    Posted by Phyllis | October 8, 2011, 12:29 am

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