My name is Cyndy Etler. I am a teacher, teen life coach and author. I am writing this letter to introduce you to my books, The Dead Inside and We Can’t Be Friends.
The Dead Inside and We Can’t Be Friends are memoirs that recount my adolescent years, and the pain I endured at the hands of the system. The lessons that I teach young people through the sharing of my story can open the doors of communication for teens who face any types of struggles, not just those with problems similar to my own.
Most importantly, allowing students to read my very genuine, but often painful, story can better prepare them to be aware of their own needs, and the needs of other students in their schools. It shows them that they are far from alone.
While the details of my problems may be alarming to some, they will be topics that are all too familiar to many teenagers today. I handle the specific incidents of abuse in my book with as much dignity as the situation allows. While the books contain some adult situations and profanity, none of it is gratuitous or used for shock value. Rather, it represents an accurate portrayal of the events as they occurred.
Thank you, and I look forward to sharing these life-changing moments with your children, your students.
Cyndy Etler, M.Ed., C.Y.L.C.