A story of healing

Published 4:16 pm Wednesday, December 8, 2021

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A Suffolk author is sharing her story in hopes of helping others on their healing journey.

Chandra Moyer’s new novel “I Met Her Before” shares the story of a woman who faced sexual abuse as a child. The main character, Marcia, was abused, but as an adult, she suppressed the trauma until a life event occurs that brings it all back to the surface.

As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a family member, Moyer wants her story to be a resource she never had while healing.

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“I wrote this because when I had my own healing journey, I didn’t have resources,” she said. “I hope this book can serve as a resource.”

She is now a speaker, author, life coach and veteran Army officer. But, most importantly, Moyer is a wife, mother and grandmother living in freedom from her past trauma.

According to Moyer, trauma can shatter the survivor and their soul, leaving the memories to come back in pieces making the healing a lengthy process. After her healing journey, Moyer hopes to help others with their own journeys.

“Healing is work, but the fruits and rewards are greater,” said Moyer. “It is worth it.”

Through her journey, she told her family members about what had happened to her years ago. She said her family sided with her abuser, denying her story and making her question her experiences. Then, Moyer had a chance to speak at a college and found strength in her voice. Ever since, she has told others about her experiences in hopes they will know they are not alone and that there is healing through God’s love.

The book was published in April, and Moyer has received positive feedback. Many women have seen themselves in the story and know that there is hope and healing for them. According to Moyer, it has made her journey worth it if it can help others.

This issue is close to Moyer’s heart because she is not only a survivor, but she also has done work against sex trafficking and is a recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for her child trafficking prevention work.

“I’ve Met Her Before” is available on Amazon.