There were years of work, “shoveling through mountains of grief, day after day.”
Before 29, *Charles would have said he was not sexually assaulted. Into his 30’s, the memories of the sexual abuse were taking an emotional toll on him. He felt shame and that he was unworthy of compassion or respect, which led him to a lack of trust in others. It took years of work but Charles broke free from this darkness.
Now a medical director for a hospice care facility, Charles’ compassion for others is truly striking. Poetry has become an outlet for him to cope with his pain and grief, and he also finds solace and healing through meditation. Charles has dedicated his life to helping others, and his commitment has given his life a new, beautiful meaning.