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On Saturday, August 13, 2011, a tortured soul finally found celestial peace; an end finally came to a life ruined by domestic chaos, abuse and dysfunction. May your soul forever rest in the same tranquility, love and mercy you were so brutally and callously denied throughout your time in this realm. May your spirit forever take comfort in the warm and merciful embrace of the angels that at long last finally came and swept you away. Rest in peace Gerald, for you have finally made it home. In painful, yet loving memory of my brother, Gerald. 8/21/1966 ~ 8/13/2011 Camille Rose Castillo 2011
Note* "Men and women who have experienced interpersonal violence often have poorer health than their nonabused counterparts— and these effects last long after the abuse has ended. Moreover, abuse survivors are significantly more likely to have a number of serious illnesses and to die prematurely compared to non-abused people. They often experience increased rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, the precursor to type 2 diabetes. Studies show that men and women who had experienced four or more types of ACE were significantly more likely to have ischemic heart disease, cancer, stroke, skeletal fractures, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic bronchitis, and hepatitis. The types of adverse experiences included childhood maltreatment (physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect), parental mental illness, parental substance abuse, and parental criminal activity."

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  1. Date: 8/17/2011 9:30:00 AM
    Thank you for sharing your creative poetry with us Camille. I enjoyed reading it this morning. I will be back another time to read more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/16/2011 3:42:00 PM
    This is such a heartrenching poem, it really made me think, so sad, and you presented the pain so poetically, well done~~