Daniella DeChristopher

Daniella DeChristopher

On this episode, Karen speaks with Daniella DeChristopher, author of Behind Closed Doors A Daughter’s Story, the story of a family from Italy that came to America on vacation and never returned to their homeland. When their youngest unwed daughter became pregnant in 1949, her family disowned her; she was seventeen when she gave birth to her daughter. Daniella is her daughter and this is her story.

From Daniella: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS A Daughter's Story is a true story about my life. It exposes shameful details about my past.  They are facts that I have often concealed from even my closest friends. It has taken me a lifetime to find the courage to share my story, but my need to help others outweighs my need to continue to keep my past a secret. I wrote this book with the hope that it will inspire others.  If my story could help just one person, then exposing so much of myself would have been worth it.    I hope that sharing my story will show others in similar situations that they are not alone. I want everyone to know that just because your story had a bad beginning doesn't mean that it has to have an unhappy ending.

Many of us that have had unstable childhoods worry about what others would think of us if they knew the truth about our past. With certainty, good friends won’t judge us for the life we inherited. If they judge us at all, they will respect us for having the strength and courage to build a better life for ourselves. They will appreciate the person we have become. I am proof that with hard work and perseverance, you can build a meaningful and productive life. You can’t change your past, but you can create a better future.


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