- Hardcover: 291 pages
- Publisher: St Martins Pr (10 April 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250101204
- ISBN-13: 978-1250101204
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 20.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 390 g
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
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The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster Hardcover – 10 Apr 2018
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As someone who was abused by their parents, unwanted and missing that unconditional love I see some parallels with Sandra, but certainly don't have her strength and determination.
The book is well written and delightfully honest, presenting Sandra flaws and all. Certainly one of the best reads I've had in a long time.
This book is a must read for anyone who has been through trauma, as well as an education to those who have not.
I related to much of Sandras' thinking as I am a survivor of domestic violence as a child and in my marriage of 17 years. How we learn to shut down, cope with PTSD, depression and anxiety and more and sometimes not just getting through the day but the next hour, second by second.
TO ALL ABUSE SURVIVORS- YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK.
It is not an easy story to read, but so worthwhile!
It is the story of a survivor who not only survived but flourished. Amongst her struggles, Sandras heart shines through, her kindness and survival skills amazed me no end.
Her capacity for empathy and compassion inspires me to be a better, kinder and more loving person to others as well as to myself.
On the bad days sometimes all we can manage to do is simply just breathe, but we must never never give up our fight for life. That would be a terrible tradgedy, and we would never know the end of our own story.