I realize that I am writing nonsense so far. Just aimless meanderings of nothingness. Maybe it's the heat? Maybe it's being back home after 8 days of the Oregon coast? Maybe it's the stark realization that my summer break is already dwindling? It could be brain damage and my neurons are all f'd up. Who is to say? I mean, a minute ago I couldn't even spell flamingos correctly. I'm a wreck.
Keyon Dooling's Secret by Jordan Ritter Conn
Keyon Dooling played professional basketball in the NBA for 13 years and was sexually abused as a young boy. This article details his career briefly but mostly describes what he went through when he started to realize what had happened. He had blocked out the abuse but it came rushing back to him (nearly destroying him in the process) in one brief moment.
Article: 9 of 10
Dooling is an open book about his abuse because he wants to help others now. He works as a life coach and motivational speaker and uses his history to his advantage. The tough part as a reader is that we can see that he's still really screwed up by what he went through. He's working hard to get better but he's still pretty much a wreck. That makes the depth of pain he went through even more compelling and horrific.
Teachability: not sure
I think this would be maybe better used by counselors when working with abuse victims. It is a fantastic character study though and if I used it, I'd focus on that more than the actual abuse. The author does an amazing job of bringing Dooling into focus.