Kintsugi of Sherry O.

Kintsugi of Sherry O.

by Sherry Ottmann

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BN ID: 2940149627912
Publisher: Sherry Ottmann
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 361 KB

About the Author

Five marriages hint at this author’s persistent hope for a life of happiness. What she found was the imitation brass ring on the merry-go-round of alcoholism, infidelity, abuse, and threats from a couple of her husbands.
Sherry managed to survive her relationships but discovered consistent challenges throughout her seventy years in the forms of diseases, losses, addictions, traumas and mental illness. She battled breast cancer, hypertension, degenerative disc disease, COPD, trigeminal neuralgia, osteoarthritis, shingles, IBS, cellulitis, and one blood disease which her doctors were unable to identify.
She readily admits to prior addictions with tobacco and gambling as well as becoming alcoholic herself. Sherry has survived car wrecks, repetitive damage to her neck and back in her employment, and a nasty fall over a large pot belly pig which also lived in the foster home where Sherry worked as a counselor.
She dealt with chronic depression, and post traumatic stress from several incidents which seemed to find her like a magnet. Some of the PTSD experiences included the kidnapping of her child twice, death threats from her ex-husbands, and later being separated from son and last husband while they were on the opposite sides of the world (her son was in the USMC in the Philippines and her husband was living on assignment in Saudi Arabia as a jet pilot). The years of contending with raging PMS hormone levels defies category as it affected her marriage, employment, health and sanity. Other traumas which fell into this area were tornadoes, mud slides and floods in the natural disaster list. Being the victim of sexual assault and threat from a group of 16 young men one evening also qualified as a major trauma in her life.
During her professional life, she worked as an alcoholism and drug addiction counselor for over twenty years, as a foster parent in a group home for sexually-abused, male adolescents and perpetrators, and as a sorority and also a fraternity houseparent at a local university. She was employed in law enforcement as one of the early 911 dispatchers in the state, and as a corrections officer for both male and female inmates at the state community corrections center.

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Kintsugi of Sherry O. 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
gward More than 1 year ago
Miracles are alive and well as so vividly portrayed in this well written autobiography.  Beginning with the formative but troubled years of a young girl in Western Nebraska, we are taken along with her into the darkness and despair that accompany the descent into alcoholism.  The author shares the horrors of that accompany drunkenness, promiscuity, loneliness and the resultant failure at jobs and relationships (five failed marriages/)that is reserved for those in our societywho suffer from addicions. And then she leads us along with her as she discovers gradual recovery; suffering along the way the ravages of a multitued of tragic dioseases: Cancer with mastectomy, COPD and too many others to mention in this review.  She brings us along as she experiences her "Kintsugi" resulting in a transformed life that is remarkable as well as beautiful book not to be missed.