Grieving Out Loud with Angela Kennecke

One woman’s path to overcome abuse and addiction

In this episode of Grieving Out Loud, Angela Kennecke talks with Elaine Mingus about her journey through severe challenges and eventual recovery. Elaine shares her story of surviving sexual abuse and battling depression, an eating disorder, and a substance use disorder. Her experiences highlight the power of resilience and the importance of finding hope even in the darkest times.

Elaine describes her upbringing in an upper-middle-class Christian family and how internal and external pressures worsened her struggles. She discusses the trauma of being sexually abused by a youth pastor and the blame she faced, which led to deep depression and bulimia. A pivotal spiritual experience helped her turn her life around and find a path to recovery, demonstrating the crucial role faith played in her healing process.

Angela and Elaine delve into Elaine’s ongoing challenges and triumphs over addiction and trauma. They emphasize the importance of sharing stories of overcoming adversity to inspire others. This episode reminds us that no matter how difficult the journey, there is always hope and a way forward.