OD welcomes you to the first half of our two part podcast series with Jen Elizabeth. Fresh off the release of her book, Shape of a Woman, Jen joins the us for a special two part interview. Calling from Murrieta, CA we’re so grateful to have had the opportunity to welcome her to the show. Part II is also available and check out our book review of Shape of a Woman.
Never before have we brought you a perspective like Jens. In part one we discuss with her a variety of topics, including her early life. At the age of two her family joined a religious “movement”. Uprooting from California to move across the country to Alabama. In reality this was less of a movement than it was a cult. With manipulation rampant, Jen was only five when one of the “Shepards,” (their term for religious leaders) begun grooming her. The exploitation soon turned into sexual abuse, that lasted until Jen was 9 years old. It was that year her father got to the point where he said enough is enough and moved the family back to California.
Jen shares her relationship with her mother. Mental illness, as well as addiction are common themes running through her family. Her mother suffers from bipolar disorder and munchausen syndrome. While her brother deals with munchausen by proxy. This was particularly interesting to me because I’ve never known much about those particular mental disorders.
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What We Discuss with Jen:
- Jen opens up about her early life living in a cult as well as being the victim of sexual abuse.
- She discusses the differing relationships in her family unit, her mother in particular, as well as the common themes of mental illness and addiction that arise.
- Jen shares on her progression into substance abuse and addiction.