Welcome to my blog, “Healing Broken Wings”, where you can find hope and support as you heal and recover from the traumas of your past. I started this blog to show others who have been in my situation that there is light after the darkness and that not only can you survive, but you can and also deserve to thrive!
My name is Sarah Choujounian. I am a nurse by profession and work part-time in a nursing home, I’ve also become an entrepreneur in 2013. I am a single mother of 3 beautiful girls full-time and I love to volunteer therefore I am chief steward at work and am always very active in the school council which I love, but something was missing… I still felt empty.
In April of 2016, I decided to get a life coach, this literally changed my life. I got certified as a life coach and inspirational speaker and decided to follow my true purpose, helping victims and survivors of all types of abuse.
Things are looking up for me now but it wasn’t always that way. It all started in my early childhood when a trusted family member, my paternal grandfather, sexually abused me. . This happened between the ages of 3 and 5. When I finally told my parents, my mother believed me but my father did not, and still doesn’t until this very day, making our relationship almost non-existent. When I was 8, my parents got separated and my father’s new girlfriend moved in, she has been his priority since then.
By the time I was 15, I was into heavy drinking and drugs and even started selling drugs to support my bad habits. When I turned 18, I got married to a 33 year old men who had no papers. I had three beautiful children with him, as I grew older I realized that the relationship was increasingly abusive and eventually I had to leave with the kids. The fight wasn’t over, I fell right back into my drinking and smoking addictions in order to numb all the pain. I also had to struggle as a single mother through an emotionally draining divorce. He has been deported, and I have been the sole provider for the kids ever since January 2008.
I have learnt a lot on how to survive and be strong since then. I now understand that everything that happens, happens for a reason. My past has made me who I am today and I can honestly say that I love who I have become and I don’t regret any of it. I am healing and progressing everyday and part of my healing happens as I help others and so I have started, “Healing Broken Wings”. I envision to help people through the recovery process by going through my story and what I have discovered as I deeply studied myself, hopefully this will trigger some understanding of yourself and also help you progress through the recovery process.
I chose the butterfly as a symbol of hope, I love the metamorphosis from a caterpillar who crawls through life and is seen as a pest to a beautiful butterfly who inspires others, spreads it’s wings and flies. The broken wings are to show that we are all already outstanding butterflies but we just need some tender love and care to heal our wounds. Together we can surely survive but I believe that we should also aim to thrive or as the butterfly does….we can heal our broken wings and fly.