“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our own story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.”
CLAIRE HITCHON is a retired R.N., a writer/author, musician, photographer and practicing Buddhist living on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Her many years as an R.N. specializing in Psychiatry were spent peeling back the layers of other’s traumas. This led to her own journey of discovery and the writing of two memoirs; FINDING HEART HORSE, Memoir of Survival and THE WALL OF SECRETS, Memoir of The Almost Daughter
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She was adopted as a baby in the early 50’s by an older couple. Her life of trauma began with The Primal Wound of separation from her mother. It’s known as well, that trauma begins in utero, transmitting the energy of not being wanted, nor loved, into a perfectly pure little being. She arrived with a predetermined path of pain and loss already established.
Escaping from an abusive home at age 15 and running away to the popular Hippie Village, Yorkville in Toronto, led to even more disastrous life events, many that nearly took her life.
A theme emerged.
A theme of searching, of trying to find the place where she belonged, where she fit in, where her tribe was, where someone would love her. All along the path Horses of many kinds played a part until finally at age 50, a mother herself at that point….she found her real mother, her real family.
In 2003 after 35 years of searching, she found her biological family that consisted of her Mother and 3 siblings. Several years later she discovered her biological father.
The quest has been a long one, occupying most of her life. Searching for answers, for genetics, heritage, roots. Every detail, so important.
Since finding her biological family she discovered that her lifelong health difficulties were, in fact, a stair step progression of disease that escalated with each trauma. Genetics and history are vital to adoptees. A Rare Mast Cell Disease was diagnosed. Life changed in an instant, again.
A fighter and survivor, Claire continues to advocate for adoptees and street youth and continues to write as the story continues.
Living amongst the nature and energy of the Island with the oceans and mountains has been part of the healing journey. The moments are treasured and peace lives in her heart.