In this episode, Esmie and  Helen discuss:

  • Product of the Foster Care System in Ontario
  • She lived in 8 different homes before she was 2.5 years old
  • Her birth mother was mentally ill
  • Her adopted father was an alcoholic and never bonded with her adopted mother
  • She didn’t feel love and didn’t know how to bond with someone
  • Blamed her adopted mother for a lot of her issues
  • Met her birth mother at the age of 29 years old
  • She could not tell somebody how she felt as a young girl because she didn’t know

Key takeaways:

  • Find your compassion for others
  • You must forgive
  • You can’t carry anger without having it in your heart
  • Release anger by journaling 
  • Its never too late to find your peace
  • Keep Smiling
  • Explore who you are as a person and what you bring to the world because you never know the impact you have on others.

Helen Rose

Helen is an author, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, and Podcast Host. Helen was shuttled between her birth mother and foster homes eight times before the age of 2 ½. In 2008, she published her book 53 Grove Road, an account of her struggle to survive her childhood. Helen shares her story with the hope that others can overcome trauma.

Quote of the day: “It’s never too late to find your peace.” ― Helen Rose


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Show notes by Esmie Lawrence

Audio production by Brian Calkins Podcast Mechanic


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