Karen Dickson, Sharon Borde, and Kathleen Harnish McKune (a co-founder and CEO of TeamTech) grew up in a small town, middle-class family with smart, hard-working parents. But their lives were far from ideal. From an early age, each was the victim of incest and abuse at the hands of their father and paternal grandfather. Each carried with them emotional, psychological and physical scars that they concealed from the rest of the world for all of their childhoods.
How the Harnish sisters have learned to live with and begin talking about those scars creates the foundation of the Remarkably Resilient workshops they lead. As they attest in the workshops and in their book—Remarkably Resilient: Community Matters—they did not embark on their journeys to recovery alone. Rather, they depended on the healthy relationships they created outside of their family. Teachers, adults in their community, even pets, offered them the love and care they needed to find resilience and a measure of hope.
Their recovery, however, has not put them on a straight path from trauma to health. Theirs is a circuitous path, with pitfalls and roadblocks along the way. Certain experiences can trigger crippling anxiety. Physical health challenges that stem from their trauma are ever present. But they have discovered that they can cope with and even grow in the face of the adversity, threats, danger, and the toxic stress they’ve experienced.
The Harnish sisters have studied recent advances in the neuroscience of trauma and resilience and use it to inform their workshops. That science has confirmed for them that recovery is possible, even as it always remains a work in progress. By telling their story, and sharing their knowledge, they aspire to give to others what has been given to them: hope and the strength to thrive.
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