By 21, Lynn Forney had already had her fair share of struggles. Clinical depression often hid behind her smile, but deep down, she never lost hope. Not really. As she began to heal and find her place in the world, something unthinkable happened.

Lynn awoke to a man, a stranger, in her bed. Then he stabbed her. Seven times. She lost 21 pints of blood. Statistically, she should not have survived. 

And if that wasn’t enough, she was treated unfairly by the investigating police, the hospital staff, family and friends, and even strangers with comments and questions like:

  • “What did you do to piss him off?” 
  • “You must have known him.” 
  • “You don’t need that handicap sticker!” 

Now, she’s telling her amazing story of survival: candidly, honestly, courageously. Hoping that in doing so, she will help others do the same.

TIMELY TIE INS

November

December

  • Read a New Book Month
  • National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women (Dec 6)

January

  • Self-Love Month
  • National Staying Healthy Month
  • Celebration of Life Week (Jan 1-7)
  • I’m Not Going to Take it Anymore Day (Jan 7)
  • Hunt for Happiness Week (Jan 15-21)

Later

  • International Expect Success Month – February
  • International Boost Self Esteem Month – February
  • Child Abuse Awareness Month – April
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month – April
  • Stress Awareness Month – April
  • National Crime Victims’ Rights Week  (April 23-29, 2023)
  • Trauma Awareness Month – May
  • Anxiety and Mental Health Awareness Month – May

TALKING POINTS

  • Steps to push through when fear is holding you back 
  • Tips for healing from trauma/abuse/attack
  • Confronting victim-shaming and blaming
  • Tips for fighting the underlying sense of fear and terror that remains, even years after an  attack
  • What is EMDR and what Lynn discovered while experiencing it
  • The power of art: how it can heal and connect us to ourselves and each other
  • Shifting our energy: tools to shift our thought patterns, negative behaviors, and low moods
  • Tools for acknowledging, naming, and shifting your relationship with your inner critic (Lynn’s is Betty)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ever since Lynn Forney was a child, she loved to dance and perform. At just 3 years old, she wasn’t shy cheerleading in front of the crowd. She began taking formal dance classes at 8.  Years later, she would attend a performing arts high school, and go on to receive a BFA with highest honors from the University of Florida. Since then, she has performed and choreographed for various dance companies around the South. While dancing, she wanted to expand into new territories and began taking acting classes. That led to having an agent and appearing in various movies and TV shows. She has also written, produced, directed, and starred in two short films, one of which is getting ready to enter the film festival circuit. She still pursues all of these interests and looks forward to combining these skills with her passion for healing through the arts.

PRAISE FOR CHOOSING SURVIVAL

“Lynn Forney writes with lyricism, grace, and heartbreaking authenticity and transforms the darkest trauma in her life into an amazing and inspirational story of survival and triumph.  A must-read.” —Cara Lockwood, USA Today bestselling author

“It’s a roller-coaster ride from start to finish, told in a conversational, nonlinear fashion that, at times, creates a sense of nervousness on the page which directly translates into reader engagement at a primal and emotional level. Forney’s writing is brisk, irreverent, funny… Her ability to find hope on the path of her own life gives her a greater sense of empathy and sympathy for others finding themselves on their own twisted trail. In the end, she offers her readers a light in the darkness… It’s a journey worth taking. Just make sure to hang on tight!” —Christian Hokenson (Author, Screenwriter)

“This is a story that needed to be told. I salute Lynn’s courage in sharing her quest for closure, and hope it inspires other women to not give up on their own healing journeys. The author’s determination to find healing and peace after devastating trauma is a testament to an unbreakable, resilient spirit.” —Joan Bardo, DNP, CNM