Kevin Barhydt on Growing Through Adoption

Grow Through It: Adoption, Child Abuse, Substance Abuse, Opiod

Kevin Barhydt, author of Dear Stephen Michael’s Mother, describes the primal wound he experienced being adopted when he was born. He recounts being molested as a child, raped as a teen, and becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol as a young person. It was not until years later that he came to terms with feeling abandoned, not wanted, and understood the effect the adoption had on his self-worth. “An adoptee alone is in bad company,” he says, and attributes turning his life around to therapy, 12-step programs, and a community of adoptees, birth mothers, and adoptive families. His advice: “Do not do this alone.”

Dr. Lise Deguire on Growing Through a Burn Accident

Grow Through It: Accidents

Dr. Lise Deguire, author of Flashback Girl: Lessons on Resilience from a Burn Survivor, tells her story of surviving a childhood burn accident and growing through it over the decades with countless surgeries, hope, friendship and therapy.

Dese’Rae Stage on Surviving a Suicide Attempt


Grow Through It: Romance & Heartache

Dese’Rae Stage, creator of Live Through This, a collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, describes growing through a suicide attempt with the support of friends, family, therapy, medication — and with self-knowledge.

Victoria on Growing Through Mental Illness


Grow Through It: Health Issues & Illness

Victoria, a mental health advocate, talks about growing through mental illness by asking for help, sharing her experience with others, and with therapy and medication.