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Book details
  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Personal Memoirs
  • Language:English
  • Pages:147
  • eBook ISBN:9781623099336

Facing the Fears

A True Story Of Self Discovery ... A Search For Identity After Adoption

by Collette Glazebrook

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Overview
Collette Glazebrook BPsychSc, DipFP This book is not solely for those who have been touched by adoption. Collette’s writing intentionally embodies an emotional honesty and rawness that engages the reader in the hope that they may find a little of themselves woven into her ‘untold’ story of search and reunion with her birth family history. What would you do if you woke up one day, shortly after attending the birth of your first grandchild and having recently resigned from an extensive and successful career in the corporate world of finance, with news of nine siblings that you did not know you had? Could you stay on track with a decade of search to find the eight who were also adopted and the one who wasn’t ...but knew absolutely nothing of her mother’s early life? How would you go about finding every one of them? This heart-stopping true story follows the twists and turns that held so many secrets, more than Collette could ever have imagined. “I just wanted to find my birthmother and see her with my own eyes and dare I even think it ... gently touch her hand.” “On Reflection” at the end of each chapter touches on key ‘private logic’ elements of Collette’s journey of facing the fears while photos capture moments that existed for only a fraction of a second yet tell their own story. Quotes and poems expose what were starting points and inspiration for Collette as she answered the call to see her life from the inside out. The chapter headings tell it all ... The awakening; Lifting the Lid; Moving...moving...moving; Siblings!!; Number 10 arrives; Where are you Mum?; Surprise, Surprise; Not according to my fantasy; Boys, boys, boys; OH NO! I didn’t want to find this; Wide Awake. “No one ever told me it was possible to feel this good at 58!!!” became Collette’s favourite saying at the time of publishing Facing the Fears in hard copy in 2007. Be curious ... this is one of those hard to put down books that consistently elicits the word ‘inspirational’ from readers.
Description
Facing the Fears has been available in hard copy since 2007 and Collette has been encouraged to keep sharing her story by many readers. Before offering feedback or sharing their poignant stories, so many have leant forward in trust, as if to whisper in her ear ... “I was blown away by the honesty in your words ... I have never told anyone this before but I was ...............”. A 45 year old father recently approached Collette to share how he was reading her book on the train to work and had wished he had further to go so he could keep reading as he just didn’t want to put it down. He continued to share that his story had nothing to do with adoption but when he read Collette’s description of “The Gap” that she feared she visited for comfort way too often as a child, he found himself completely relating to and recalling his own childhood. He believed Collette’s story was inspirational to him in so many different ways and it was if she had disarmed some unknown ticking time-bombs within him that he didn’t know he carried. He couldn’t thank her enough. An 85 year old grandmother purchased Facing the Fears after reading a feature article about Collette in a weekend edition of a major Australian newspaper. She said she felt compelled to write to say thank you and wrote several pages in a letter to Collette - whose first reaction was quite mixed. Some of the words did not land kindly on Collette’s heart as this reader categorised unwed mothers in a way that resonated harshly on someone who held all women in high regard. Nevertheless, as this reader continued, she revealed what were obviously unsettled memories and truthful thoughts of her own. After pushing the letter aside before responding it wasn’t long before an email arrived from the same reader who shared that using computers was not an easy thing for her. She had read Facing the Fears three times already and jokingly declared that her grandchildren thought she was becoming a bit obsessed with the story. This book is not solely for those who have been touched by adoption. Collette’s writing intentionally embodies an emotional honesty and rawness that engages the reader in the hope that they may find a little of themselves woven into her ‘untold’ story of search and reunion with her birth family history. What would you do if you woke up one day, shortly after attending the birth of your first grandchild and having recently resigned from an extensive and successful career in the corporate world of finance, with news of nine siblings that you did not know you had? Could you stay on track with a decade of search to find the eight who were also adopted and the one who wasn’t ...but knew absolutely nothing of her mother’s early life? How would you go about finding every one of them? This heart-stopping true story follows the twists and turns that held so many secrets, more than Collette could ever have imagined. “I just wanted to find my birthmother and see her with my own eyes and dare I even think it ... gently touch her hand.” “On Reflection” at the end of each chapter touches on key ‘private logic’ elements of Collette’s journey of facing the fears while photos capture moments that existed for only a fraction of a second yet tell their own story. Quotes and poems expose what were starting points and inspiration for Collette as she answered the call to see her life from the inside out. The chapter headings tell it all ... The awakening; Lifting the Lid; Moving...moving...moving; Siblings!!; Number 10 arrives; Where are you Mum?; Surprise, Surprise; Not according to my fantasy; Boys, boys, boys; OH NO! I didn’t want to find this; Wide Awake. “No one ever told me it was possible to feel this good at 58!!!” became Collette’s favourite saying at the time of publishing Facing the Fears in hard copy in 2007. Be curious ... this is one of those hard to put down books that consistently elicits the word ‘inspirational' from readers.
About the author
Collette Glazebrook BPsychSc, DipFP Shortly after birth, Collette became part of the Australian closed-records adoption system and grew up believing that her birth family history would never become available to her. “I am eternally grateful for the work of many who fought so long and hard to bring about changes to the laws surrounding adoption secrecy.” With new legislation permitting access to birth mother identifying information, the premise for Facing the Fears first developed when Collette began to search for her identity after adoption. At age forty-nine and shortly after attending the birth of her first grandchild, Collette found herself changing her mind about a lot issues. She unexpectedly resigned from an extensive career in the corporate world of finance to explore ‘life on the outside’ as she describes it. In particular, what did she want to do for the rest of her life ... plus somewhat pesky questions of “Who am I really?” demanding curious attention. It didn’t take long before she became a partner in a growing business consultancy that provided a rigorous training program for its people and clientele ...something that aligned well with Collette’s own aspirations. It was during this time that Collette’s world turned upside down as she chose a path of Facing the Fears and it is where the inspiration for this book was seeded. Collette went on to establish a Business & Personal Coaching business that supported a diverse range of organisations and individuals seeking change. She also co-created and ran a series of workshops with a cognitive behavioural therapy specialist on how to change your life by changing your thoughts. In what seemed like a natural progression, Collette proudly accepted her Bachelor of Psychological Science in 2011 after finally satisfying a desire for greater knowledge of the sciences, in particular how the mind works. In the background, for the previous decade, Collette also volunteered at a not-for-profit post-adoption support organisation and claims she will continue this work for as long as she is able to draw breath ...there are always so many questions that need to be answered. Today, Collette claims to live her own version of retirement on the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia with her husband of 40 plus years. She juggles work as a counsellor, research assistant, clarity coach, editor/coach for self-published authors and continues to write the next book in the Fear series ... Embracing the Fears. In competition with her unwavering trust and faith in the power of family and extended family connection and support, the desire to continue writing for the benefit of others consistently demands more of her time. Plans are well in place for the third in the series Conquering the Fears that will intentionally draw together a mix of life skills and the sciences into a Collection of Handbooks. Collette is passionate about life and openly shares her perception of being an adopted person. Her writing intentionally embodies an emotional honesty and rawness that engages the reader in the hope that they may find a little of themselves woven into her ‘untold’ story of search and reunion with her birth family history. Facing the Fears follows a search that took a decade, one not taken lightly and one that held more surprises than Collette could ever have imagined.
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