Sandra Jarvis Severed a Memoir

Severed: A Memoir of Hope and Healing


By: Sandra Jarvis

An angry woman. A devastating accident. An outcome she could never have predicted.

Life sucks, and then you die. Although Sandra initially buckles at the magnet on her father’s fridge door, its message seems to be coming true in her own life. First, the physical, sexual, and spiritual abuse of her childhood, hidden behind the carefully crafted façade of a model Mormon home. Then, the barrage of heart-wrenching issues within her own family as an adult. With all this overshadowing her world, Sandra thinks things can’t get any worse.

That is, until a tragic accident severs her right hand and smashes her already problem-riddled life to pieces. As she surveys the shards of what used to be her life, however, Sandra finds an unexpected opportunity to not only recover, but to sever herself from the lies that used to rule her.

Severed: a Memoir of Hope and Healing is a powerful true story of finding purpose and peace even in life’s darkest moments.


Born into home marked by profound dysfunction, Sandra Jarvis struggles to overcome the messages ingrained throughout her childhood. I’m not worthy. I’m not loveable. I’ll never be enough. The physical, sexual, and spiritual abuse of her childhood, all hidden behind the carefully crafted façade of a model Mormon home, leave her wondering if there really is a God—and if so, what must she do to prove her worth?

She marries young, hoping to escape the misery of her childhood, only to discover that you can’t run from the effects abuse. Bitterness and anger increase as she’s faced with seemingly endless trials—postpartum depression, a porn addicted spouse, an LGBTQ child, a cancer diagnosis, overwhelming debt, and fear. Constant fear for what the future might hold. With all of this overshadowing her world, Sandra thinks things can’t get any worse.

Until a tragic accident nearly severs her right hand. Although the physical damage brings an entirely new set of problems, it also gives Sandra an unexpected opportunity to not only recover, but to begin severing herself from the lies that have always ruled her life, the ones she’s told herself to prove she’s not enough. Only then does she discover that life is just what you make of it. That adversity can make you stronger. And that perhaps, things are exactly the way they are supposed to be.

Severed: a Memoir of Hope and Healing, is the powerful true story of finding purpose and peace amid life’s challenges. It provides proof that even in life’s darkest moments, hope is available, perhaps even plentiful.



In recent studies, the Department of Justice reports that more than half of the population, men and women alike, will be affected by violent aggression or abuse at some point in their life. Sexual abuse accounts for 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 boys, but then there’s domestic violence, emotional and spiritual abuse, and neglect. The ways in which humans harm each other are endless.

Add to that the traumas that we deal with each day—physical injuries, the death of a loved one, divorce, social anxieties, unrealistic expectations in our careers and at home, criticism—another list that is seemingly endless. Nearly everyone alive today will deal with the effects of trauma or abuse, which can lead to feelings of anger, self-loathing, and uncertainty. All of the negativity can be overwhelming.

The story told in Severed: A Memoir of Hope and Healing gives hope to those who’ve dealt with the effects of trauma or abuse and are ready to move forward, take back their power, and make lasting changes. The book touches on several topics:

  • Marital problems
  • Spousal abuse
  • Divorce
  • Death of a parent
  • Faith
  • Fear
  • Parenting an LGBTQ child
  • Severe depression
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Pornography Addiction
  • Cancer
  • Strict religious systems
  • Extreme medical issues
  • And more…

It’s designed to give the reader a glimpse into these issues—and to identify those by which they may have been affected. It’s also designed to show the incredible power each of us carries within, power that can change our lives and ultimately, our circumstances, when we are willing to deliberately choose our path and believe in our futures.

Throughout the book, you’ll recognize yourself in Sandra’s struggles, hear your thoughts in her thoughts, and find yourself hoping she’ll make it thorough her challenges, because  if she can do it, so can you! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be angry, or get triggered, or filled perhaps, even find peace. No matter what, you’ll relate, because of the straight-forward and vulnerable style of the author. Her willingness to be honest and raw, allows you to identify yourself within these pages.

In sharing this story, the author hopes to bring difficult issues to light to show those who may be struggling that it’s possible to leave the past behind and create the life you’ve always dreamed of living.  As a Certified Professional Coach, Sandra works with people who are ready to leave the effects of their trauma or abuse behind, so they can see that they are enough, that their lives have value, and that the power needed to create a beautiful and fulfilling life is out there, just waiting to be claimed!



Sandra Jarvis Life CoachSandra Jarvis is a Certified Professional Life Coach and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner. She’s passionate about helping women with a history of trauma or abuse identify and sever the lies that hold them back so they can find the beauty within themselves and begin to reclaim their power. As a survivor of trauma and abuse herself, she’s familiar with adversity and understands the work involved in healing, then moving forward, to create a beautiful and fulfilling life.

The Off-hand Inspiration Podcast is Sandra’s way of sharing her messages of hope and healing with the general public. Listen in on Apple Podcasts. She’s is also passionate about sharing her messages of hope and healing at live events. Visit the SPEAKING tab of this site for additional information.

Sandra is a chocolate addict, a lover of all things Disney, and hopes to become a professional beach bum someday. She’s the mother of five children, the grandmother of six, and currently resides with her husband, Jim, in Mesa, Arizona.

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2 reviews for Severed: A Memoir of Hope and Healing

  1. This story was incredibly uplifting. Sandra has been through a lot and has learned to completely change the way she looks at life. I was inspired throughout the story to make changes in my own life. So glad she decided to share her story with the world!

  2. Excellent, well written book, A compelling true story of how the author, Sandra Jarvis, overcame her pst abuse, financial and family problems, the addiction of her husband, and a tragic accident that severed her dominant hand. Through her experiences, Sandra not only learned to endure her trials and challenges, but also to thrive in life and find joy in every day. Highly recommended!

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