Sandi Gamble Broken

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Join Sandi Gamble as she speaks about her raw, heartbreaking memoir Broken: The Remarkable Tale of One Forgotten Australian.

When Sandi Gamble heard the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on TV apologizing to 500,000 Forgotten Australians for the abuse and neglect they had endured as children in “care” in the post-World War II era, something deep within emerged and she began to cry. The former Magdalene laundry orphanage inmate, who had always felt that she never fitted in realized she was one of the people that he was speaking of, a Forgotten Australian.

Thus began Sandi’s journey back to her broken past.

To write Broken she had to reacquaint herself with Beverley, the girl she had left behind when she changed her name to Sandi. The painful memories started flooding in; the memories that held the key to her life-long struggles with depression, alienation, anxiety, suicidal tendency, obsessive compulsiveness, and passivity when dealing with manipulative or authoritative people.

Broken began as a diary to process the memories of the little girl who was abandoned by her gambling, spendthrift father, and then her mother. Left at home for hours unattended while her mother worked and drank her misery away, little Beverley was left to her own devices to survive.

This is the story of how one woman faced her shattered past, looking it squarely in the eye. Sandi Gamble shares her story for all Forgotten Australians, their families, and those seeking to be inspired by an extraordinary story. Author Sandi Gamble reveals the struggles and triumphs as one of the many Forgotten Australian stories in Australian history.

Sandi eventually began a life free from violence and met someone (her husband Shaun) who was supportive of her endeavours, understanding of her past and able to assist her with much needed emotional support. Sandi and Shaun have been married for thirty-seven years. Sandi learned for the first time to love and respect herself and to see that she was capable of doing anything that any other person could do. Sandi started study towards a Bachelor of Arts at Griffith University in 2015 at 59 years of age.

Through all of this adversity, Sandi can still see the positives in life and hope for her future.
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