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The Healing Stories Project


Women today often live their lives governed by “shoulds” that they have never thought to question. It can be painful to realize that what we have always considered to be absolute truths are nothing more than socially constructed norms—hoops we are taught to jump through. When we begin to question those truths (whether we have internalized them through our own personal and family histories, or through societal and cultural norms), we begin to wake up, a process that can be painful, beautiful, and life affirming.

I would like to invite you to join a supportive online community of women as we examine and deconstruct those norms, and actively nurture our genuine selves. Through this interactive online program, we will increase our awareness of how social constructions impact our personal expression, and create our own healing stories.

  •  Share the wisdom of women through short and intimate stories
  •  Explore our own “I am from” stories through interactive activities
  •  Examine the cultural influences that have informed our own journeys
  •  Discover the wisdom to be found in our own personal narratives
  •  Transform unconscious social constructions into conscious personal expression
  •  Articulate intentions for full participation in a genuine life


 This unique online course includes the following:

  • Copies of both books, I Am Subject: Sharing Our Truths to Reclaim Our Selves, and I Am Subject Stories: Women Awakening, mailed to your home ($40 retail value)
  • Three podcasts to guide you: Personal History, Societal and Cultural Influences, and Creating Your Own Healing Story
  • Access to the private Healing Stories Project page, where you will find additional exercises and readings
  • Access to the Healing Stories Project Forum, where you can share your comments and feedback with others who have enrolled in the course
  • Personal written feedback from me on your healing story draft
  • If you wish to share the healing story you create after participating in the program, it could be published in Volume 2 of I Am Subject Stories


 Visit to learn more and to register.

Diane DeBella

As a writer, teacher, and speaker Diane has spent over twenty years examining women’s issues. She is the author of the collective memoir *I Am Subject: Sharing Our Truths to Reclaim Our Selves*, and editor of the anthology *I Am Subject Stories: Women Awakening*. As a long-time faculty member at the University of Colorado, she received the CU Women Who Make a Difference Award and the CU-LEAD Alliance Faculty Appreciation Award. Through her organization I Am Subject, Diane helps us understand how we—as women—are impacted by the society in which we live. By claiming ourselves as subjects of our own lives, we become empowered and also provide strong role models for other women and girls. In healing ourselves we help others—a beautiful way for women to create nurturing, supportive communities.

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