Plagues of The Body, Mind and Spirit

A Plague is defined as a deadly infectious disease; something that takes hold of the vessel and consumes it until it is no longer recognized in it's original state. When we experience times or experiences are NOT so good and the residue it leaves becomes as a plague. All forms of abuse is one of the KEY Factors in this equation;as well as living an unhealthy lifestyle which is usually caused by something that has happened [or is happening] to us.


Some believe that they will NEVER outgrow the trauma of their past...Some Believe that they will NEVER Achieve HEALTH and WELLNESS in their Body, Mind or Spirit but...NO SO! There IS HOPE!
AFTER Abuse....AFTER Trauma...AFTER All the MESS you (we) Been through...There is a HEALING!


These links below show both sides...I encourage you to read them am gain insight.

My Deepest PASSION are those who are broken, torn apart by life and feeling as if they will never REALLY Live Again. One of the areas that is nearest to my heart is sexual abuse. I am a survivor and I know firsthand what it truly feels like to carry that burden…

I also know what it feels like to let it go.


Here are some facts about Sexual Abuse...Click on each image to be directed to Helpful Information about this topic.

This is REAL Folks and Happens WAY Too Often! Let's us educate ourselves so that we can educate others!

I have taken this ACEs Study VERY Seriously as I not only see the effects of it with those I serve but also within my self. ACE stands for: Adverse Childhood Experiences; these are things that happened to us in our childhood that now effects us in adulthood. The severity and amount of our trauma...really DOES shape who we are today. Many have not come to realize this is SO REAL. I have put a bit of this active study on this website to inform. When dealing with people's issues...Trauma Informed Care is CRITICAL!



The term Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) describes abuse, neglect, and other traumatic experiences that occur to individuals under the age of 18.  The landmark ACE Study examined the relationships between these experiences and well-being later in life.  The ACE Study was the first to document the relationship between adversity in childhood and health, mental, and social problems later in life.


This video provides an introduction to the origins of The ACE Study.  Please note that the 9 minute video begins with the personal stories of survivors of abuse; Dr. Vincent Felitti and Dr. Robert Anda, the Co-Principal Investigators of The ACE Study, then discuss the study's origins.

The implications of The ACE Study are quite clear: childhood abuse and neglect cause serious, lifelong consequences, both for the individual and for our communities.  You may be wondering exactly how childhood adversity causes these problems.  This video, How Brains Are Built, presents the current science on brain development, which helps explain the mechanisms by which adverse childhood experiences influence a child's brain development and cause the emotional, physical and social problems described in the research on ACEs.

Three Critical Qualities of Relationships


Safety, stability, and nurturing are three critical qualities of relationships that make a difference for children as they grow and develop.  They are defined as follows:


•  Safety:   The extent to which a child is free from fear and secure from physical or psychological harm within their social and physical environment.

•  Stability:  The degree of predictability and consistency in a child’s social, emotional, and physical environment.

•   Nurturing:  The extent to which a parent or caregiver is available and able to sensitively and consistently respond to and meet the needs of their child.

*Source: Iowa ACEs 360 Training

Hearing about The ACE Study can bring up a strong emotional response for some people.   If you are upset by this information, please seek support.   The United Way 211 helpline is a great resource for information and referrals.  Calling is free and confidential. To access this service, dial 211.  The United Way 211 helpline is available throughout Iowa.  If you are located outside of Iowa, please contact your local crisis line for support.

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