Class of '80 author empowers women through memoir: Living Through the Pain
Cathy Compton-Kurtz '80
January 13, 2014 10:40 AM
the Pain: New Memoir of Spiritual
& Emotional Pain Empowers Women to Find Solace through Sharing their
Cathy A. Kurtz was faced with harrowing grief
after losing her mother, father, two brothers and sister-in-law, all by the age
of thirty. However, Ms. Kurtz’s bold tenacity and unshakable commitment in her
faith allowed her to still find a productive purpose. By sharing her raw and
heartfelt story with the world, Ms. Kurtz hopes to inspire other women to open
up about their own pain and start the long journey toward healing.
Rocklin, CA – While everyone endures
adversity and pain, few lose their entire family at a young age and even fewer
are forced to bring up a child alone at the same time they’re fighting the worst
grief imaginable. For California’s Cathy A. Kurtz, this unfathomable situation
has been a thirty-five year reality.
suffered in silence for so many years, Ms. Kurtz has now taken the
life-changing decision to share her story via a compelling and
thought-provoking new memoir. While brutal, frankly-honest and sure to stir the
emotions of any reader, ‘Living Through The Pain - The Lonely Me’ is a book
that will change the lives of thousands of women.
Imagine waking up to your worst nightmare.
In 1976, Cathy Kurtz, at the tender age of
sixteen, lost her father, mother, oldest brother, and sister-in-law in a
private plane crash. In 1989, she lost her surviving brother to AIDS. As a
single mother, Cathy struggled to take care of her son while still being
haunted by the tragedies of losing her family.
Suffering gave Cathy a unique awareness of the
pain an individual can live through and still be able to propel their life
forward in a productive manner. A Christian upbringing was her only outlet to
find peace, and the ability to live
through the pain. Cathy considers her deep
understanding of surviving tragedies, and using her pain to enrich her life, as
a calling from God to serve others and assist them in finding the courage to
Living Through The Pain - The Lonely Me is about
the universal journey of emotional and spiritual pain.
endured the sexual abuse of a boyfriend, Kurtz’s memoir will be of particular
value to young women who have been forced to become a victim of rape, sexual
abuse or have personally experienced the loss of a close family member.
hopes her memoir will reach out and touch the hearts of women who are hiding
their own pain and suffering.
meeting thousands of women, I have become acutely aware of how hard it is for
us to open up about our suffering and share with people. There seems to be a
fear of guilt, embarrassment and shame. While these fears are only natural, I
have learned that opening up can help build a solid social and spiritual
foundation through which healing can begin,” says Ms. Kurtz.
“It’s vital to have a shoulder to cry on, hands to hold and a support network
to vent through. Women have had a long tradition of being able to find strength
in each other yet somehow this has been lost over the years. My book provides women with the key concept
of empowering them once again to reach out to other women for support and
healing. I know I can’t personally meet with every suffering woman, so my book
provides the inspiration they need to reach out to other women.”
‘Living Through the Pain - The Lonely Me’,
published by Healing Hart Publishing, is due for imminent release. For more
information, visit the author’s official website: http://www.cathyakurtz.com.
reading, my first thought was WOW!! Then WOW!! What a journey for someone so
young. I could feel your pain. I
actually could.” L. Wilson.
“Powerful!! When you think the human spirit
cannot possibly endure anymore pain, tragedy, and loneliness . . Cathy Kurtz,
will encourage both young girls and woman alike: That with God's faithful
strength and love we can get through and survive anything while living through
the pain. She is a "Hero" in my eyes. C. Barrera
“Wow!!! I can't not stop reading . . . just
finished. You're like someone climbing a big mountain with many tough paths to
endure. Now you have reached the top and can look down and help others. You
have helped to inspire me. Your story is riveting!” K. Mahoney
About the Author:
Cathy Compton Kurtz was born in Houston, TX in 1959. She graduated
from Texas A&M University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Administration in
Finance. In 1990, she graduated with honors, receiving a Masters Degree in
Finance from Golden Gate University in Sacramento, CA. Cathy is a member of the
National Association of Female Executives and the National Association of