Gig Harbor resident Alana Gorski has overcome a wide range of childhood traumas in her 18 years.
Those obstacles included physical, verbal and sexual abuse, deaths of several loved ones as well as bullying that included death threats.
Gorski decided to write a book to help inspire others. “The Newfound Legacy” was released this week on amazon.com. In the book, the young author tells her story with the intent to empower others who are going through something similar.
“Through the journey of this book, (and) hopefully many more in the future and through various other forms of media, I hope to inspire others,” Gorski said in a release. “You can be the voice of change.”
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The book is about child sexual abuse, losing family members to cancer, being a child of divorce in a dysfunctional family and more.
“My goal in life is to inspire others to overcome obstacles that are put in their paths by telling my story,” she said. “I realized the gravity of the challenges that I was faced with as a child that included physical, verbal and sexual abuse, my mom being forced to divorce my father at age 5, finding out that my biological father had terminal cancer when I was 9, losing him at age 10. Then my grandmother on my mom’s side being diagnosed with cancer three days after he passed and passing away nine months later. ... As well as bullying that included death threats and physical harm. It was then that I decided that I wanted to publish my first book.”
While parts of the book are difficult to read, the subject matters is something that needs to be discussed at length so the survivors of such abuse know they are not alone and that their experience does not make them who they are, Gorski said.