A story about conquering the past and creating the future.

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“Michele is one of those rare people who inspire you to be all that you can be. This book shows you her spirit.”

“I could not put the book down. The best book I have read in a long time….I highly recommend this book. It is enlightening and inspirational.”

“I couldn’t stop reading this book… Rosenthal speaks with searing honesty and clarity, presenting a vivid, concise picture…”

“Once I started reading, I wanted to know more. I read, and read, and read. And I found myself repeatedly nodding or saying aloud, ‘Yes!'”

“Amazing book that I related to so much it brought me to tears! Inspirational and a must read… for anyone looking to overcome trauma!”

“Before the World Intruded is a gift…. This book will move any person to forever change the course of his or her life, and help change others’ lives in the process.” 

~ Katie Humphrey

Author, Revolution of YOU: Embrace Your Inner Rebel and Create a Life You Love

“Before the World Intruded is stunning in its intimacy… Michele’s courage in deciding to face her PTSD and heal it is the message of this story.”

~ Bill Krill, Jr., MSPC

Author, Gentling: A Practical Guide to Treating PTSD in Abused Children

“… this book is important for anyone who has personally experienced trauma or knows someone who has. Don’t wait for the movie. Read this book now.” 

~ Nancy O'Reilly, PsyD

Author, Timeless Women Speak: Feeling Youthful

We’re all individual in our traumas, but completely universal in our post-trauma experience.

Before the world intrudedWhat you’re feeling many others do also. While you have to find your own unique healing path, there are some things every single one of us needs along the recovery journey: education, compassion, creativity, ideas, hope and belief to name a few. These things are critical in developing your personal strategy for moving forward after trauma. They’re also the cornerstones of my trauma recovery story…

BEFORE THE WORLD INTRUDED: Conquering the Past and Creating the Futureis one woman’s quest to triumph over trauma — and the very unexpected way she did it. At the age of thirteen Michele Rosenthal survived such a rare, life-threatening illness none of her doctors had actually seen a case. Out of the hospital and making a full recovery, she believed if she only looked toward the future she could escape the trauma in her past. Twenty-five years later, however, the young girl had become a woman imprisoned by memories, fear and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In a bid to reclaim her life and heal her soul Michele boldly left the world she knew in search of a self she could barely imagine. From New York City to South Florida she traveled on an odyssey that took her from the depths of despair to the heights of joy, from her kitchen floor to the dance floor, from a child frozen in helplessness to a woman who is powerful, courageous and free. In her transformation lie the seeds for anyone who wants to conquer the past and create the future. This transcendent book shows what can happen when you discover who you are and then choose who you most deeply want to be.

“… addictively readable …. By the end of the book you will be crying and laughing at once, and applauding Michele Rosenthal for her courage.”

~ Jessica Stern

Expert on trauma and terror, Author of Denial: A Memoir of Terror and Terror in the Name of God.

“The twenty-six year journey beautifully described in Before the World Intruded shows how deeply rooted trauma can become. Much can be learned by reading this book.”

~ Ron Ruden

MD, PhD, Author, When the Past Is Always Present: Emotional Traumatization, Causes, and Cures

“Michele’s story is incredibly moving, and beautifully written. I’m a lover of words and her prose is rich, descriptive and fluid off the tongue.”

~ Deborah Serani

PsyD, Author, Living with Depression: Why Biology and Biography Matter on the Path To Hope and Healing