Recently I had the extreme pleasure to do a combined podcast with an amazing woman, survivor, and coach, in Kelley McElreath.
I connected with Kelley via Twitter a few months ago while doing some researching on trauma recovery coaching. We got to talking here and there and swapping some of our stories of survival from our past abuse. Those talks led to her and I doing a combined podcast, which you can listen too right here in this post.
Kelley is one of those people that the minute you begin talking to her, you begin to develop a respect for her and a great rapport. She’s passionate about her survival journey, inspiring others, her coaching career, and her overall outlook on life.
I’ve included a few excerpts of her story…
…I spent all of my growing up years with my mom working two jobs with sometimes no days off in order for us to make it. I was what you call a latch-key kid. I never had enough clothes or decent shoes to wear. I remember one occasion where it was close to Christmas time and we literally had nothing but one piece of stale bread. She knew I was hungry. She walked in the kitchen and brought me that whole piece of bread to eat. I tore it in half and gave the other half to her.
Around this same time, I started being molested by a family member. Not immediate family, but close. Luckily I was only around this person 3 – 4 times a year and that was always when it happened. Of course I didn’t tell my mom because that was the last thing I wanted to concern her with.
…Growing up, I absolutely hated every waking moment of school. People could tell we were poor and I was bullied for years. I have very few good memories from my school years.
I encourage you to check out her full story, including her battle as a breast cancer survivor, over on TheSurvivorCoach.com
On the show we discuss some topics such as our experiences with bullying, sexual abuse, relationships, how we were treated in the church, and much more.
So tune, grab those headphones or plug us into your car and give it a listen. I’m sure you’ll be inspired and encouraged by Kelley’s story and our chat together.
Thanks again Kelley, I look forward to doing another show with you in the future!
If you’d like more information about working with Kelley as your Coach, or to contact her to share your story, you can do so by clicking here.