Judy Byington

Women's History Month Spotlight: Judy Byington – Author of "Twenty-Two Faces"

Judy Byington

Name and Occupation:
Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, retired; CEO, Trauma Research Center, former Supervisor, Alberta Mental Health, Director, Provo Family Counseling Center and Author, “Twenty-Two Faces: Inside the Extraordinary Life of Jenny Hill and Her Twenty-Two Multiple Personalities”

What do you love about being a woman?
How women are able to share their true feelings to help and support each other; how a loving mother can make a difference in her childrens lives and how women tend to stand up for truth despite the consequences.

What do you hate about being a woman?
How some think that you cannot accomplish just because you are a woman.

Who influences you?
God.

Something about you that would surprise people?
I am a mother to 8 and grandmother to 21 who has dedicated her life to humanizing and raising public awareness about the little-known effects of ritual abuse and mind-control programming that tragically cause formation of multiple personalities in children. My book 22 Faces is the biography of the only known survivor-intended-victim of a human sacrificial ceremony 53 year-old Jenny Hill (who is also a grandmother) Jenny and I are risking our lives to publish it. For the past 20 years I have interviewed hundreds of ritual abuse survivors like Jenny, therapists and families of missing children, followed activities of eight satanic covens here in Utah while consulting on satanic crime with legal entities including the Utah Attorney General Office of Special Investigations. My and Jenny’s January 11 2013 appearance on the Dr. Phil show uncovers the producers and society’s denial that ritual abuse exists. For details, read our Open Letters to Dr. Phil, and comments beneath them on our website: www.22faces.com

Anything else you`d like to add?
I know of thousands of ritual abuse survivors like Jenny and the over 900 therapists who treat them. I am personally acquainted with over 90 survivors and meet new ones almost daily through book signings and our website: www.22faces.com. The ritual abuse of children by their close relatives is a rampant problem in our society that needs to be addressed. Jenny and my purpose in publishing 22 Faces is to expose this horrible child abuse that is so traumatizing that it severs the personality.

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Humorous Breast Cancer Reads

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If laughter truly is the best medicine then these hilarious books are not to be missed. Cancer can be a difficult topic to discuss, and as a friend it may be hard to think of an appropriate get well present for a breast cancer patient. The books listed below use humor to tackle one of the toughest situations in life. Not only are they great to give for those diagnosed with breast cancer, but can be informative and uplifting for those who love and care for breast cancer patients.

Cancer Made Me A Shallower Person by Miriam Engleberg

One woman’s experience with breast cancer in her forties told in graphic novel form complete with black and white drawings and loads of laugh out loud moments. Some find the graphics a bit amateur in terms of drawing skill, but her writing style definitely makes up for it. Readers praise her ability to tackle even the toughest cancer issues with humor and an ability to make one feel less alone in those moments.

Cancer Vixen: A True Story by Marisa Acocella Marchetto

Who could imagine that there is actually more than one graphic novel cancer memoir? Trend or not that is yet to be seen, but Marchetto’s account is a full color graphic novel. She works as a cartoonist for both Glamour and the New Yorker so it is no surprise that readers love, love, love her cartoon take on getting breast cancer right before her wedding. Spoiler alert, there is a triumphant outcome so the humorous tale comes complete with a happy ending for those needing a more uplifting read. Overall it is about a 40-something woman living the life and finally getting ready to walk down the aisle when breast cancer throws things for a loop.

Cancer is a Bitch by Gail Konop Baker

Subtitled I’d Rather be Having a Mid-Life Crisis this book is as much about a woman’s typical challenges with marriage, motherhood, and the what ifs that pop up during mid-life. Some have criticized this book because cancer is only a marginal part of the story, but those tackling breast cancer might enjoy reading about one woman who continued on facing life without letting cancer dominate very inch of it.

It is based on the author’s column “Bare-Breasted Mama,” which is celebrated for its frank, witty, and laugh out loud funny style.

Getting It Off My Chest by Janice Day

The British Ms. Day is rather unhappy with life at 39 when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. As she writes with great humor and personal reflection about refusing chemotherapy and going through reconstruction, she delves many personal details about her unhappy childhood, leaving her husband during this time and finally achieving her dream career. A cancer survivor who is now living out her fantasy of being a comedian, cabaret singer, and a published writer this books promises big laughs and amazing triumphs.

Lopsided: How Having Breast Cancer Can Be Really Distracting by Meredith Norton

As the title suggests this is the book for those who love a good dose of sarcasm and find their smart ass friends endearing. Norton cracks readers up as she details her journey with breast cancer by pairing it with humorous insights into her kooky mix of family and friends. Her rants against receiving multiple copies of Lance Armstrong’s book and strong language might alienate some readers, but lovers of black humor will find this helpful dose of comedy leaves them wanting to read more from this author.

Woman tackling breast cancer as either a patient or supporter of a patient find solace in reading about those who have gone before them in tackling the ugly “c” word. The way in which these ladies write about their personal experiences with such humor and wit, while never forgetting that life’s other challenges do not stop simply because of cancer, is relatable and comforting at the same time. When in doubt a good dose of humor certainly never hurts.

Author Byline:

Jamie Pratt is a contributing writer for The Breast Cancer Society, Inc. — a comprehensive resource guide covering breast cancer information, facts, statistics and other pertinent information. Learn more about their cause and join the community that has already helped thousands of breast cancer patients and survivors. 

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Michael Joe Jackson 1958-2009

One of my senior highschool photos from 1993

One of my senior photos from 1993

Michael was more to me than a great entertainer. He was the love of my life. I truly loved him as a person. I understood him. Those that know me and know me well know where I am coming from, but let me explain a little for those that don’t.

Besides my grandfather, Michael was the only constant male figure in my life growing up. I thought he was beautiful and I loved to watch him move. My mother took me to see The Wiz at age 2, took me to his concerts as early as age 4, bought his music for me, and I fell in love with him over the years.

Michael taught me to love everyone no matter what race, creed, color, or religion. He taught me to care for our planet and to have compassion for those that were ill. He also kept me from getting involved with boys at an early age because I was so devoted to him.

Michael was a beautiful person in every way to me; so sweet, kind, and giving. Even in the end he wanted to give more of himself to us by performing when, in my opinion, he should of been enjoying his life without performing and raising his children. I do understand that Michael wanted to come back one last time to prove that he is the best and leave a greater legacy that would overshadow his plastic surgery, debt, or molestation allegations, but he never needed to prove anything to me.

Did I ever question the allegations and wonder if Mike was capable of such a thing? Of course I did! I didn’t see Michael as a God or a perfect entity. I saw him as a human being with flaws like the rest of us. Loving Michael does not make a person go insane, become dumb, or unable to see the truth. I saw through the BS of the allegations and fortunately so did a jury of his peers.

Over the years as I have become an adult my “obsession” for him has toned down, but I always loved and supported him. I never believed the hype when it came to him being weird, bizarre, or a child molester. As a survivor of child sexual abuse I do not support anyone that I believe has been involved in that type of behavior.

I am in disbelief, confused, numb, heartbroken, sad…words cannot express what I really feel. Michael was my family. He was and will always be a major part of who I am. I suppose he can rest now and perform forever in heaven or where ever we go when we leave this earth.

I give my love and support to his family and fans all around the world.