About Raphaela…

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Step into working-class Sydney in the 60’s through to the 90’s. These ‘ratbags and rogues’ saved public spaces, historic buildings and homes. They even took over the building of the Sydney Opera House, at one stage! This is a story about the union movement, and what it takes to stand up to powerful figures, whose deepest desire is to squash you underfoot. Told with humour and wistfulness, it also has it’s share of tragedy. Given the current climate, it is also a call to arms.


The story of how a fifteen year old happened to find herself on top of a building one winter’s night, despite a terror of heights. It is a story of hope for anybody who has gone through trauma. A Different Light is heartfelt, hopeful and sometimes humorous. It is my story.

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What became of the girl who was made to climb to the top of a building? Did she survive and and se her dreams come to fruition? What did she have to endure in order to survive? This is the second part of A Different Light. It is my story.

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Can you imagine being with someone who lies, cheats, steals, manipulates and abuses you financially? How do you recover? Mary’s story is a familiar one, and her hope is that you draw comfort and strength from her tale of overcoming. Included are resources to help you rebuild your life. 

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I am a survivor of violence. A poet, artist and lover of life. Perhaps you recognise your story in one of the blog entries? I want this blog to purvey a sense of truth, dignity and love. I survived being thrown from a building as a teenager, and have gone on to have a miracle IVF daughter. I have my moments of despair, but they are fleeting. There is incredulity at how I came to be here, a woman in her thirties. I have written a book about my journey, Lived To Tell. It was mostly written when I was a teenager, and wrapped up in my twenties. Thank you for taking the journey with me.

Raphaela’s story is among the most inspirational things I have ever read. How one person so young and so fragile can be subject to such mental, spiritual and emotional (along with physical) torture is just horrific – but throughout it all, she’s a fighter. She comes out stronger and shows how truly unbreakable the human spirit can be when the will to survive is strong enough. Stop what you’re doing and read this right now you won’t regret it.’ -Anastasia Sproull


My book being read in South Africa!
My book being read in South Africa!


One Lovely Blog Award
One Lovely Blog Award
The Harmony and Peace Award

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24 thoughts on “About Raphaela…

  1. Bless your heart for never losing faith and for having the courage to fight for the life that you truly deserve. I can’t imagine how it must have been for you going through such traumatic experiences and I applaud you for being so strong and brave throughout your ordeal. You’re a great example of why we should never lose hope even at the most trying times in our lives. Thank you for sharing your story and good luck on your book! 🙂


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