Change or Die: Abuse to Addiction to Abundance - true story, shocking, humourous and exciting by Catherine Ellison

Change or Die: Abuse to Addiction to Abundance - true story, shocking, humourous and exciting by Catherine Ellison

My story is an amazing rags to riches story which really shows how overcoming adversity after years of abuse, poverty and violence can change your destiny. This is a true inspirational story  which starts in an abusive, impoverished environment and goes on to demonstrate how after many years of continuous chaos and a catalogue of catastrophes, I eventually transcend my history; building a successful life with the initial help of alcoholics, murderers, drug addicts and criminals. 

Spending years as an alcoholic, I am eventually sectioned in a psychiatric hospital; I make several attempts to escape including jumping through a second floor window and fracturing my ankle. Rather stupidly I end back up in the same violent relationship, with broken jaws, split heads, and bashed faces. One good night, while he is sleeping, I smash his head in with the pressure cooker lid. That did the trick, he’d think twice about hitting me again. 

The drinking continued and I eventually end up in a coma on my death bed going through the delirium tremors better known as the DTs. This time I am interned with alcoholics, murderers, drug addicts and criminals who provide the love support and encouragement I need to turn my life around. I go on to complete several degrees, go through a profound mystical experience, train as a local preacher and eventually set up a private practice as a psychotherapist. Coming up to 60 and I change direction completely setting up a school of etiquette and travel the world teaching. I am now being contacted by TV and radio programmes to discuss the finer side of life, while rubbing shoulders with a different calibre of people.  After a heart attack, two operations, smashing the top of my arm in two and cancer it’s time to promote my book. 

This is not just a compelling story, but also imparts with the psychological insights gleaned on my journey of recovery and gives any reader who needs it hope and inspiration.

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