Beside Myself – Recovery From My Family Betrayal and Estrangement- A Memoir
Beside Myself is an account of one woman's struggle through her childhood and adulthood with the sexual molestation from two of her brothers, her mother's alcoholism and narcissism and her father's betrayal after her divorcing the father of her two children.
Ms. Fender writes with excruciating pain about her twin brother's diagnosis of HIV, depression and assisted suicide by two family members. Besides her betrayal and eventual estrangement from her family of origin, Ms. Fender recounts her travels through Europe and the Middle East on her own with amusement and vivid details.
Beside Myself is for anyone who loves to read memoirs and for anyone who is interested in how a woman endured years of abuse from her family of origin and came out stronger on the other side of it. Ms. Fender found Codependents Anonymous which has been significant in her recovery and her struggles with the continued abuse and harassment from her family members.
About Pamela Fender (Santa Rosa, California Author)
Pamela Fender, author of her memoir, Beside Myself: Recovery From My Family Betrayal and Estrangement, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Sonoma State. She is a member of Redwood Writers, a branch of the California Writer’s Club. She has been a substitute teacher since 1999 and is a Notary Public and certified notary signing agent.
She was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles and returned to Sonoma County after losing her home in the 1994 earthquake in Los Angeles. Pamela finally sat down to write her memoir after being encouraged by her therapist to write her story, her truth. The writing process was healing and liberating for her.
Beside Myself is Pamela’s narrative of her family of origin’s alcoholism, substance and sexual abuse and the heartbreak of her twin brother’s assisted suicide by her narcissistic mother and sociopathic brother. Beside Myself is Pamela’s first published work. Pamela has published two short stories in the 2016 Redwood Writers anthology and has published poems in both Redwood Writers Poetry anthologies.