Linda worked as a postgraduate researcher at Sheffield University, which culminated in gaining a PhD in delineating Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease. After that, she had a successful career in Secondary Science Education, and devoted several years to the role as Assistant Student Progress Leader in charge of Biology. For 11 years, Linda worked incredibly hard to support the learning and pastoral needs of pupils aged 11-18 years. And then life took a dramatic turn; she needed to deal with the hurt and pain left behind from abuse that happened nearly five decades ago.
Linda’s healing journey provided time to retrain as an Alternative Medicine Practitioner. It led to spiritual awakening and the discovery of many unknown talents. Over the past 18 months, she has embraced ancient healing wisdom and shares it via a series of self-help books and in her artwork. Her literary skills emerged in the form of metaphorical stories and poems, and therapeutic methodologies that intend to give a new perspective to healing survivors and abuse in society. And perhaps, her watercolour designs give a spiritual nod toward healing our canine friends too.
In 2019, she founded Decus and its subsidiaries to provide specialist healing for survivors to mend the deepest held emotional wounds left behind from abuse. Her strong determination to make a positive difference in the lives of abuse survivors comes in many forms. So, when TMOF asked for volunteers, she jumped at the chance. And is now part of a like-minded team of people with a common goal to help heal the pain and to get justice. Linda’s initial role is research for the asset map and the ‘Pain to Power’ walk in February 2021. She is committed to supporting Maggie and her fantastic team to help make change happen.