Happy 1st Birthday Emerging from Broken


emotional recovery, emotional healing
Darlene ~ Please join me for the celebration!

 Tomorrow, December 01st 2010 ~ this blog ”Emerging from Broken”; my baby is one year old. Emerging from Broken was born out of my life long pursuit of freedom and recovery from multiple depressions starting in childhood and dissociated identity disorder which resulted from the trauma of abuse. I was fortunate enough to find a therapist who believed in working on emotional healing and recovery from the root of the problem. The transformation and emotional healing was so profound ~ so liberating, that I quickly developed a passion to share the message of wholeness with others who struggle with mental health issues, dissociative issues, post traumatic stress disorder and bi polar disorder, but to name a few.  I started to speak in mental health seminars about my recovery process. I went back to school and obtained certification in life coaching, eventually specializing in “new life story” coaching and I became a mental health advocate.

 I pursued work in the mental health field. While speaking in mental health seminars and working as the director of client relations for a counselling company, I noticed that when I spoke about certain subjects, people’s eyes would light up as though they comprehended something amazing for the first time. I realized that there were some hidden truths that others, like me, had not ever realized. I started to comprehend that not very many people understood the truth about the foundations of depression, mental health struggle and abuse because no one was talking about it. I knew that this was the truth that set me free. After a few years of speaking, I developed a passion to share my message with an even larger audience.

Emerging from Broken was the platform that I chose with which to do just that.

 It has been an exciting year! Emerging from Broken has gone from zero to having over 7000 readers a month. According to Alexa, Emerging from Broken ranks in the top quarter of a million for all websites worldwide! EFB has an interactive page on facebook which has over 1200 members. But to me the most amazing and wonderful part is the comments.  Emerging from Broken has generated thousands of comments now averaging 1000 comments every 8 weeks. People are sharing their lives here. People are having breakthroughs here!  My goal to have my message of freedom and wholeness after depression and abuse, delivered to a larger audience is being achieved!

This week I am celebrating the first year anniversary of Emerging from Broken. I am celebrating freedom from depressions, wholeness and living life to the fullest. I am celebrating that there is a solution and full recovery from abuse and trauma is possible! I invite you to celebrate with me.

 Tomorrow, I am flying to Mexico with my daughter where we are spending two whole weeks vacationing in Puerto Vallarta. I am excited to be publishing a special series about anger and to have some special guest bloggers joining me this next two weeks. The blog will run as always and I will check in frequently.

 In honour of EFB being one year old, I am excited to welcome the first guest blog post from Carla Dippel, who co-authored EFB for the first 6 months of its life. While I am away I will be checking in here frequently.

 Thank you all for being here. Thanks to everyone who has ever shared my blog posts on Facebook; to everyone who has ever shared using the share button or the “like” button; to everyone who passes this blog along through twitter. Thanks to each one who had shared it with a friend who is not online and to everyone who comments and keeps the conversation going! Thank you for sharing your heartaches and your breakthroughs your wins and your devastation; all of it makes such a huge difference to the other readers. I would also like to extend a big thank you to every guest blogger who has ever posted and to all the readers. I am so blessed by each one of you. Together we can overcome. Together we are so much stronger. Together we can take back our lives and live in freedom.

 Please help me to celebrate this one year birthday and milestone by leaving a comment. Please feel free to share how Emerging from Broken has impacted your life, a special memory or breakthrough, or just say hello!   I look forward to hearing from you!

 Freedom is on the other side of broken!

With love, gratitude and appreciation;

Darlene Ouimet 

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Hi Darlene, I just wanted to say how thankful I am for this safe and supportive community. At long last I feel like I belong somewhere and that’s a wonderful feeling. THANK YOU! Have a wonderful time in Mexico.


Darlene, I could say so much but just typing I am tearing up. You are my role model, my mentor the person I see in myself and strive to be as I work hard in my own recovery. Your blog has touched, healed, and inspired so many including myself. I love you and I am so grateful to know you and this community of support of EFB! From the bottom of my heart with tears of joy, THANK YOU! BIG HUGS! <3


Thank you Darlene for all you have accomplished,and for having EFB. Congratulations on your 1st year Anniversary. I used to host an Emotions Anonymous Group in my small town. When in my early 20’s I discovered that my panic attacks and depression had started for a reason,and a Doc at ER said I needed to make a list of traumatic events in my life,from the recent past backward.I had lost my Mom at my age of 24,(hers-53)moved gotten a divorce from another abuser and re-married and had another child#4 and then had an emergency hysterectomy all in close order. My panic disorder was debilitating,I had to give up my nursing career.I divorced again,with 4 kids and re-married again to a man who was 14 yrs older.We were married 9 years and I got a divorce again,after he lied about porn(Mr.Christian)and my 9 yr.old walked in after school to catch him watching porn.I’ve been married 18 a man who was a Jehovah’s witness.You guessed it….A divorce in papers soon.My youngest son suicided 8 yrs ago. My Mother always said not to have sex unless I was Married.I believe I will quit! I believe all the marriages to some abusers and some losers is because of incest and it’s friends(the person’s friends),and physical abuse,and mental-emotional abuse.I am so glad you are here although I am sorry that all have suffered and continue to do so.Hugs and I pray you go into 2011 and on and on!Mary<3


Thanks Darlene have have used the truth in my own life and shared it with many. You have a way of making it so easy to understand and apply to the many lies we grew up with. Keep up the good work.


Thanks Fi,
You have become a very important of EFB. Your courage and willingness to move forward is an inspiration to so many! Thanks so much for being here, I am honoured to be able to watch you grow and change and take your life back!
Hugs, Darlene

Hi Kathy,
Thank you so much for your lovely note! I am thankful that you are here too, that I get to be part of your recovery process. Keep pressing forward Kathy, that is how I did it; I just kept pressing forward.
Hugs, Darlene

Hi Mary,
Welcome and thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us. I am glad that you are here and a part of this blog. Thank you for your well wishes and encouragement! I am planning to keep going forward with EFB for a long while!
Hugs, Darlene

Hi Shary,
Thanks so much Shary, and thank you for being here and for sharing too.
Hugs, Darlene


WOOOOOHOOOOO!!!! Congratulations and big hugs!! I am so proud of you and all you have accomplished here in a year. I hope the party lasts for years to come
Love Jimmy B


Happy 1st EFG Birthday Darlene. You have every reason to celebrate!

I have also overcome depression and have managed to live a full and rewarding life. It took me a long time to figure out what I was dealing with and to develop much needed life coping skills in order to move past this debilitating condition. Kudos to you for finding wholeness in your life.

Enjoy your vacation in Mexico with your daughter and when you return, perhaps you will check out my blog site too!


Darlene – For a very long time I travelled this journey pretty much alone; a few kind therapists here and there, one that actually helped me discover some of my insights around my beleif system that I was powerless over my life. But it was when I discovered EFB that I was able to not feel so alone and the power of sharing our stories and validating one another. I’m grateful for the work you’ve done and do!


have agreat vacation, I’m sure the weather will be great. relax and enjoy the sun


Doing the happy dance today!!!!!! YAHOOOOOOOOOO! Celebrating today my healing journey and each of your’s! Thanks so much Darlene for taking us all in and inspiring us! You rock! I gotta a feeling, that tonight’s goin be a good night! Get this party started! ;~)


Darlene, you have helped me on my healing path so much. Inspired, encouraged and challenged me. I’m so happy and blessed to have found your site, found myself in your words and found our friendship. Bright blessings on your first birthday for Emerging from Broken!


Thank you Darlene and congratulations!!! You opened yourself up to us and have helped so many! This is the true meaning of life my friend and it will all come back to you! You have allowed people to realize they are not alone in this and created a safe place for us to finally let it out and be able to support each other. Your courage is inspiring. Through your words you are making a world of difference. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!!!


Darlene, It is amazing at all the help you have given others in only a year. I am so energized to hear how far you have come in your healing. What an inspiration you are to me during my small steps forward! Thank you for all the healing you have provided me.


Darlene, you have opened the door wide to giving us our lives back.
Congrads to your 1st year, and of many more by the links of the internet you will excell even more.
You have given us the words that described what was going on deep inside us to seeing our new lives in recovery.
I hope blessings will continue for you in your life and for EFB


I cannot remember how it is I found Emerging From Broken … but I did. I think my friend Krista directed me to it and told me to check it out. As I read posts I found myself identifying so much with Darlene. I found out that our mothers were a lot a like – in a freaky way. When she mentioned that her mother has NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder) it piqued my interest enough to check that out. So, … I googled the term. I found an article called, “Characteristics of Narcissistic Mothers” and I was amazed at how I was reading about MY mother. The abuse had a source, her behaviour had a name. Healing emotionally and mentally has been dramatic since then … so much that I opted to seek out a therapist to help me sort through everything and am I ever glad I did. I’m on my way to being comfortable in my own skin, to not have my mother ‘in my head’ anymore, to overcome this abuse once and for all … I want so desperately for the abuse to stop with me!!

Darlene – this site has been one of the greater blessings of my life … in a big way you bring hope, and the possibility of a new life for those who want it. God bless you!!


Like Paulette, I don’t remember how I found my way to EFB either. I would have sworn it was more than a year ago. Amazing how fast time seems to be going by. Congratulations on your baby being one year old. Thank you for sharing your journey from abuse to healing with us here on EFB. Enjoy your days in the sun and your time spent with your daughter.


I was one of those people who’s eyes (or heart, actually) lit up when I heard you tell your story Darlene. Your way of sharing and inspiring others with your truth has had a profound impact on my life. I am so privileged to have been at the “birthing” process of EFB and am really excited that I get to guest write! Thank you for sharing your passion and your huge heart with the world. I hope you are enjoying a great celebration, and will celebrate many many more!! Much love, Carla


Happy birthday and true congratulations! A monumental job you are doing; thanks for letting me come along for the ride. More! More!


Hi everyone!
I am deeply touched by all the wonderful birthday messages! This has been a really big year for me! I had a blog once before, only a few years back actually, and I was afraid people would actually read it. I didn’t share it on facebook or anything! I have come a long way this last year. My confidence has really grown, and the feedback that I get from all of you really makes a difference. I am really thankful for this emerging community and for each one on you!
Hugs from Mexico!


I love the name of this website as it sums up beautifully what it is all about. Well done on your first year. It is fantastic work that you are doing to help other people who are in or have been in similar circumstances.

I work with eating disorder clients and many have suffered from abuse, depression etc and their way of surviving is to use food (and other addictions) as a coping strategy. I’ve walked this path myself and found recovery, so I love to help others.

Keep up the great work.


Great to meet you Alison!
The eating disorder stuff is so often a part of coping methods with survivors. Sounds like you and I have a lot in common ~ the love to help others!
thanks for stopping by!
Hugs, Darlene


So AWESOME Darlene!!!!

I am so grateful you are here and ever so happy that I found you. Your site has helped me often and I always look forward to your next message. You are amazingly insightful and real. Congratulations!!!


Hi Jenny,
Thanks! I am so glad that you are here too. It has been a great year!
Hugs, Darlene


ANGER: I would like to comment on my anger. I have been reading many and wondeful words of others. They are very positive of their feelings.
However I have and still have anger in my heart, because I am just the type of person who does not forgive or forget.
I admire those who can.
It is amazing that I am writing this on this day. Dec 10 2010.Because it holds many memories of sexual abuse and voilent abuse to me, in which is over 10 years ago , yet–I can say I would like to “pull the swith on the actual abuser for what they did to me”
I actually hate them –even today.I realized that on this day
I cannot forgive, and the anger holds. I realize it holds heavy on my heart , but what they did is “UNFORGIVABLE”.
I have an actual thought -many years before the actual occurance, like-walking up to the abuser and killing them, yet I could not figure out how to get away with it. So i could not do that
although my family had thought of it BEFORE me , so in many ways they took my side , as they wanted that person ‘dealt” with.
In many years , I found my healing in writing, and writing 2 books, that are now published.And now facebook has called me a “fake account” in which I could not get back on , any way I wanted to, so I have to acccept that–anyway it is kinda isloated , I will have to accept it.
I am NOT a fake. And I did nothing wrong.
But I told that to the abusers too, so In closing-I wish all who read this peace and comfort in holiday season. No matter
who-we are God’s children , and we need Peace.
I have found some, hopefully I may find all one day.

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