Tonier Cain: Treating trauma heals a chaotic past

Cradle My Heart Radio  welcomes Tonier Cain subject of the award-winning film Healing Neen

Tonier Cain

Many of us remain broken throughout our lives due to the reality that we are childless as a result of our choice for abortion.

I know the pain of that grief firsthand, and I also know the joy of restoration God grants through faith in Jesus Christ.

There are also women grieving lost parental rights because their choices led to lost motherhood after addiction and other lifestyle issues.

The common thread is trauma. And this week our guest on Cradle My Heart Radio provides a unique glimpse into her healing journey after losing four children due to her choices and adverse life conditions. It’s a tough story to ponder, but Tonier’s tagline says it all: Where there’s breath there’s hope.

Her publicist writes: Tonier Cain lived through an abusive childhood with an drug-addicted and alcoholic mother, in which she was sexually assaulted by neighborhood men. Eventually, she spent nearly twenty years homeless, hustling and prostituting on the streets of Annapolis, MD, desperately feeding an insatiable crack addiction and racking up 83 arrests. Rapes and beatings were a part of her daily life. Home was underneath a bridge. She had four children literally taken from her arms.

But, in 2004, pregnant (again) and incarcerated (again), she was finally provided the opportunity to go to a community trauma, mental health and addictions program. And someone asked her two very important questions.

First, instead of, “What’s wrong with you?” she heard, “What happened to you?”

Secondly and most importantly, she was asked, “Have you looked to God?”

Realizing for the first time that she’d been a victim and that God does love ‘people like her’, she reclaimed her life, by way of surrender.

And today, her testimony of redemption not only includes representing the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and speaking all over the country with women in prisons and hospitals … she’s opening her own trauma-informed care clinics.

From Tonier’s bio:

Tonier Cain is an inspiring storyteller and speaker who has served as keynote speaker in the presence of the President of the United States, United Nations, multiple government agencies, teachers, community and civic organizations and convicted felons. Her story is featured in the documentary “Behind Closed Doors: Trauma Survivors and the Psychiatric System” and the subject of “Healing Neen”, a documentary based on her life as she moved through multiple systems of care.”

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Join us for inspiration from victim to victor with our guest Tonier Cain on Cradle My Heart Radio with Kim Ketola on October 12 at 9 pm ET.

Kim Ketola



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