Anna Dowe has firsthand experience in helping others conquer challenges and guiding them toward solutions. Growing up, she was separated from both of her parents for the majority of her childhood, but through those difficult circumstances, Anna learned the life skills necessary to survive in the trenches, no matter what life throws at her.
As a teenager, she was reunited with her family and moved to a new country, thrust into a new environment, where she experienced a new language and a life with parents she barely knew. When she stepped into this family she had longed for throughout her entire young life, she quickly learned the dysfunction and pain of living with alcohol abuse. Continuously surrounded by those who leaned on her for advice, support, and wisdom, Anna was naturally drawn towards the field of psychology.
Today, Anna Dowe is an international speaker, coach, guide, and mentor, with many satisfied clients. In the past, she has worked with newcomers and segments of the troubled population, including abused women, addicts, those at risk of suicide, and individuals and families requiring coaching and counseling. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA Psychology) from York University and is also certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Time Line Therapy (TLT), and Hypnotherapy (C.HT).
After earning her degree at York University, Anna traveled the world and settled in Asia for some time. During her travels, she met John, her ex-husband, and they chose to settle down in Canada in 2005 to build a home and family together. John, a veteran of the Canadian military, was diagnosed with and suffered from PTSD for the better part of their ten-year marriage. Due to his illness, Anna and their two young sons also encountered secondary traumatization. Anna experienced the hardships of being a spouse in such a relationship, having to make tough decisions for her and their children. Bent Not Broken is her story, a message of healing and hope and a gift to other spouses caught in the same situation.
Anna is a giver, a compassionate beacon of light for those in need of guidance, and her own example of living a life filled with power, passion, and purpose has made her the person she is today. Her unique personal story is inarguably her greatest credential, a testament to the fact that a person who is knocked around by life can still come out victorious. Anna now uses her hard-earned wisdom to help others transform their own stories from tales of tragedy to tales of triumph.
Spouses whose partners suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often feel isolated and confused as they watch their beloved morph into a human they do not quite recognize or even understand.
Often, partnerships that were once blissful become havens of discord, anger, and heartache. Many relationships fall apart as the couple is thrown into a whirlwind of confusion, pain, and frustration as both partners now battle with their new reality.
Bent Not Broken provides hope, guidance, and inspiration for spouses of those brave troops who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is dedicated to all the strong spouses on the home front; those who must fight daily to triumph over this life and relationship altering disorder. The goal of Bent Not Broken is to shed light on the secondary traumatization effects experienced by those closest to the PTSD victim.
Author Anna Dowe delivers transparent, practical, inspiring advice for spouses immersed in the aftermath of their partner’s PTSD. Bent Not Broken is a heart-opening, educational look at the process of coping with and surviving a family member’s suffering from PTSD. Readers are provided with practical skills and workable tools, backed by modern research, professional insights, and real-life first and third person accounts.
These remarkably insightful stories from Anna’s personal accounts and those of other spouses, peer support staff, counselors, doctors, and psychologists will truly help you and your family find power, passion, and purpose once again, even after the tragedy of combat and war.
In the PTSD world, Bent Not Broken offers hope, strength, and courage for the spouses of PTSD victims, women in particular, by helping them gain control of their lives and rediscover self-worth, self-love, and self-compassion.
“I met Anna Dowe during the most tumultuous time of my life. PTSD had caused my life to spiral out of control. I was juggling a high stress career, an alcoholic father, and the breakdown of my 17-year marriage. Everything was chaotic, everything.
To the outside world my life was perfection: Perfect career, husband, house, and vacations. The world also witnessed my perfect permanent smile—a front that was hiding a plethora of disorder. My health was failing. I was doing too much of everything—drinking, smoking, spending. Anything to numb the pain, anything to feel some resemblance of comfort.
My husband and I separated. Afterwards, my dad died. I was struggling with all the anxiety, flight or fight, and depression that PTSD could cause. PTSD is all consuming. It steals the very essence of your soul, and leaves you isolated, sad, and angry.
I truly believe everything happens for a reason—here comes Anna Dowe. I met Anna through a mutual friend. Instantly, Anna read the signs; she seemed genuinely concerned and quickly learned that she understood the depths of every emotion I was feeling. She had lived it. She got it. She survived it. Anna guided me to my survival, she supported, counselled, and genuinely cared for my wellbeing. Bent Not Broken is a must have tool that everyone can utilize to map out the path to living with PTSD. This book is a gift—a blessing of survival.
Anna, thank you for sharing your knowledge with the world.”
Erica Kennedy, PTSD Survivor
“Anna Dowe understands suffering. Her experience with a husband suffering from PTSD is reflected in this comforting, yet informational book. Her positive attitude and the belief we all can heal from any traumas/stress is inspirational.”
―Bonnie and Dr. Jay Crandall, authors of Letting Purpose & Passion Drive your Marriage
“Bent Not Broken offers hope, strength, and courage for the spouses of PTSD victims, women in particular, by helping them gain control of their lives and rediscover self-worth, self-love, and self-compassion. Anna’s real-life experiences gently invite you to begin or continue your healing and allow you to enhance your power so you can protect, rebuild and restore your family. This book is a love story. It’s all about loving yourself, your children and your family. You deserve every bit of love and support this book has to offer.”
―Barry Spilchuk, coauthor – A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul; Founder – TheLEGACY.club
“If I could read only one book on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Bent Not Broken is the one I would choose! The title itself speaks of an important truth- no matter how hard life gets, we can rise from our difficulties and live more passionately and purposefully in spite of challenges.”
―Meor Amer Reza, author of The Greatest Gift
“Anna Dowe's book is all about resilience. It is a testament to the strength of human spirit not only to those who h ave Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but to their immediate families as well. This book, and its stories, confirm that no matter the pain and the hurt you may be faced with, you can still choose a positive attitude as you handle it. The nuggets of wisdom contained in here will serve as a light in the dark tunnel of people out there who are battling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Yes, life has bent them, but they have what it takes not to be broken! Well done Anna!”
—Adv. Mary Bosiu, author of Success Fundamentals, Vol. II
“Powerful, practical, and solid advice on living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with much confidence. Apply Anna Dowe’s knowledge and tips from her personal experience and from others’ experiences as well, and you’ll feel much more alive and happier that you did not give up on family. A must-read for families.”
―Patsy Chia, author of Burden No More